I have a 1958 Raleigh brochure which shows the RRA Moderne with 531 butted tubing and a choice of 2 fixed sprockets at £37.0.9d or SA 4-spd medium ra tio at £39.19.6d or Cyclo Benelux 5-spd at £40.6.11d. The braze-on lever b oss, if original, would be for a Cyclo shifter. In the picture, the front hub looks like an Airlite, but it doesn't say. The fork and stay ends are chro med.
My similar 1959 brochure does not show an RRA, but that is not to say that it wasn't available.
Your links don't work for me, but I know that the lugs were different from the previous RRA lugs.
Hugh Thornton Cheshire, England
In a message dated 11/09/2005 20:15:12 GMT Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
A friend has asked me to try to sell an old Raleigh Record Ace. But before I start, I should at least figure out how old it is.
The serial number, RA7062, doesn't fit into the on-line serial # lists I've found. 531 stays and butted main tubes. Oil ports on HT & BB. Single Simplex or Huret shifter braze on. Chrome stay and fork tips. Black with cream (or maybe originally white) HT Airlite front hub (No rear wheel or derailleur) Braze on for Sturmey pulley on seat lug. Has a 1961 Santa Monica CA licence sticker.
Does anyone recognize these lugs?
Too bad it's a 23". If an inch or 2 smaller, it would be the perfect bike for my NOS Cyclo-Benelux SA conversion and alloy shelled FW.