A true bike recyclist knows very well to follow their nose — and so it was, when I saw a local sign “Cheap bikes all sizes”. You never know !
Becoming my latest acquisition is this smart semi-loop frame Raleigh – the Sturmey Archer AW hub dates it around 1980 manufacture ( thank you S.A. !)
It is English made with a quality feel, and is rideable as is, though badly in need of an overhaul and some detailing :
The wheels are imperial 26″ (590mm) x 1 & 3/8″ , and the bike is quite complete and original looking.
There is some well meant overpainting of parts of the frame and guards, but thankfully a lot of the original colour has been left.
The bike has had some rain exposure, but should clean up very well.
The chain wheel has the traditional Raleigh herons and there are Raleigh insignias in a lot of other places.
I will be proud to refurbish this one, it holds a lot of promise as a classy user…
Also from the same vendor, a ratty Jack Walsh 27″ step-through. This looks like a conversion from derailleurs to coaster, but needs some more research.
It is an Australian bike brand that I will have to read up about, but even the alloy lever strike bell, old cateye red reflector, dia-compe brakes and various other parts were worth the asking price, if nothing else !
There’ll be more to follow on this one.