RE: [CR]Mystery Raleigh help in identifying


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From: "brian blum" <bbspokes@hotmail.com>
To: rodd.heino@gmail.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: RE: [CR]Mystery Raleigh help in identifying
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:05:34 -0700


It's a Raleigh Sprite, late 60's early 70's. Paint it different might be a British market Colour scheme. Brian Blum


>From: "Rodd Heino" <rodd.heino@gmail.com>
>To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
>Subject: [CR]Mystery Raleigh help in identifying
>Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 13:49:42 -0400
>
>Hi CR Listers especially Raleigh o-philes
>
>Hope all is well.
>
>So I'm riding to the Gatineau Parc for a loop (Lovely smooth 40ish km with
>around 650 m of climbing) and there is a lovely older bike with ancient
>leather saddle in the "I'm at the curb to be taken" position, flat tires,
>lotsa dust etc.
>
>I slow to look as I always do..
>
>Looks pretty good on first drive by, loop back have a closer look,
>
>Older Raleigh, much dust but no obvious rust
>
>So I say to myself if it is still here when I get back in a couple of
>hours,
>I'll grab it
>
>So it's there and I take it home
>
>Pretty neat bike
>Plain gauge tubing sticker, drop bars with what look like standard raleigh
>Sports style levers on their ends on the drops,
>
>Lovely shiny fenders,
>
>Cottered crank (boo)
>But otherwise pretty neat.
>
>I'm thinkin' it's early seventies, due to the crank,
>
>It has the impossible to find 597 mm size tire, steel wheels, but lucky me
>with a bit of fiddling and swapping of fender stays it clears 700x28's just
>fine
>
>So what it is?
>
>Just says Raleigh, with the Made in England on the top tube
>
>Huret Alvit derailleurs
>
>Raleigh crank and brakes
>
>I can find nothing on the Retroraleighs site, the serial number doesn't
>match anything there...
>
>I know it's not a high end bike or anything,
>
>I'd just like to know
>
>Here's a link to a few pics I took of it the night of
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/39041467@N00/sets/72157601311594246/
>
>Forgive the low quality composition
>
>I usually take a little more care
>
>Thanks for any info
>
>
>Rodd Heino
>
>Ottawa