[CR]more on correct rims for 50s British bikes

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Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 09:59:25 +0100
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From: "Bob Reid" <robertrreid@tiscali.co.uk>
Subject: [CR]more on correct rims for 50s British bikes

To add to what Mick wrote ;

26" ( x 1.1/4" & x 1.3/8") continued well into the mid 1980s and later in a few instances - but generally only on a flat bar sport's / utility machines and not "racing" bicycles notably from the bigger manufacturers like Falcon / Elswick-Hopper et al... rather than the small lightweight builders where choice was everything.

I once heard from what I'd consider a reliable source, that Raleigh (euphemistically) "invented" the 27" size in conjunction with their once buddies Dunlop, as yet another 24 / 26 tpi effort by Raleigh to non-standardise everything - perhaps in competition with the "continental" 700 size, that was to ultimately fail as other manufacturers in the UK, small and large took up and ran with 27". I've never followed up just how true or not that was - anyone else like to comment ?

Bob Reid