Re: [CR]Re: rims for 50s British bikes to the Great Change Over

Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 17:24:44 +0100
To: "P.C. Kohler" <>,,
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: rims for 50s British bikes to the Great Change Over
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From: Bob Reid <>
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P.C. / Peter wrote (abridged) ;

The last stock Raleigh with 26" was the Lenton Tourist which was out of production by 1951. The RRA offered a choice of both sizes. I am not sure how many "off the shelf" bike had 26 x 1 1/4" past this point as the Dunlop HP 27" rims seem to have found their way on everything.


Not quite ; TI Raleigh Ltd. in 1975 (maybe they'd given up world "tyre" domination attempts by then) were still offering in the UK market 6 utility / sports models with 4 having 26" and 2 with 27" wheels, and all of the "racers" with 27" (one of exception of course, the 'Arena' with the possibility of 24, 26 or 27" rims depending on frame size).... What Carlton and the then 'Lightweights' division was doing then was another matter.

Bob Reid Stonehaven Scotland.

p.s. Raoul,

We've a lot to thank Dunlop for, in him turning the tyre into a production reality, but not for inventing it - that honour goes to Robert Thomson -
   from of all places - Stonehaven... (Dunlop's patent was cancelled when it was later found to be non-original)