[CR]Date your Raleigh Bike

(Example: Events:Eroica)

From: Donald Gillies <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 15:25:39 -0800 (PST)
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: captbike@sheldonbrown.com
Subject: [CR]Date your Raleigh Bike

For Your Information: Frame Serial Numbering System -------------------- -----------------------------

The location of our frame serial numbers will be on the tip of the seat tube facing to the rear of the bicycle. This does not apply to models with 531 seat tubes which will be numbered under the bottom bracket. Markings show the source of manufacture, approximate date of manufacture and unique number of each frame manufactured in any 10 year cycle. Size of letters and numbers 9/16" high, to match diameter of tubes. The complete stamp contains nine digits.

FIRST SYMBOL SECOND SYMBOL Denotes Location of Manufacture Denotes Month of Manufacture ------------------------------- ----------------------------

Nottingham - N A - January K - July Worksop (Carlton) - W B - February L - August Enid (USA) - K D - March M - September Gazelle (Holland) - G E - April N - October Malaysia - M G - May R - November Canada - A H - June S - December Irish Raleigh - D Handsworth (UK) - E

THIRD SYMBOL - denotes year of manufacture. Digits 0 to 9

3 for 1973 2 for 1972 5 for 1975 5 for 1985

This system accepts that duplication after ten years will occur.

Up to 6 digits remaining:

000000 to 999999 depending on xxxxxxxx manufactured per month at any particular location.

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This is my precise transcript of a page included in an Ebay auction of a raleigh bicycle a few months ago. I saw the page and when I realized what it was, I snarfed it for my collection of Raleigh Pictures. Sadly, today I have noticed that there is one or two letters that I am unsure about. Can someone could help me confirm 3 possible errors in my reading of this page ??

Enid (USA) - K - did raleigh really make bikes in Enid, OK ??

R - November - the "R" is barely visible - anyone have an "R" frame? S - December - the "S" is barely visible - anyone have an "S" frame?

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA