Dating raleigh frame numbers
In 1934 Raleigh reverted to public company status, as Raleigh Cycle Holdings Ltd, with a share issue of more than £2m (= about £65m today).
By 1938, its production of bicycles had grown to nearly 500,000 units per annum and the company had stopped making motorcycles and cars.
1962 - Moulton Bicycle Introduced1964 - Dawes Newpin (separating version) Produced this year only.1965 - Raleigh RSW-16 introduced (pictured right) - Dawes Kingpin introduced (Newpin name reused on another model)The "Twenty" Period: 1968 - Raleigh "Twenty" Introduced1969 - Folding "Twenty" sold in Canada (anecdotal) 1971 - Folding "Twenty" introduced 1974 - RSW discontinued - Moulton Mk.
III (Manufactured by Raleigh) Discontinued1977 - 140,000 "Twentys" sold in UK - "Twenty" made in New Zealand (pictured right)1984 - Raleigh "Twenty" Discontinued Post-Twenty Period:1984 - H-frame "Twenty" replaced by a U-frame bicycle called the "Safari" 1987 - "Safari" renamed "Compact"1989 - Raleigh stops marketing adult-sized small-wheel and folding bicycles 1990's - Sheldon Brown publishes his web-page about the Raleigh Twenty2009 - Webmaster purchases a one-owner "Twenty" frame from Adelaide, South Australia - com established The first port of call for dating a "Twenty" is by looking at the date stamp on the rear hub. Sadly, quality of these stampings deteriorated during the 1970's.
After the war, despite shortages of fuel and steel, Raleigh’s cycle production rose rapidly.
In 1902, Sturmey-Archer gears were added to the product range.During the Second World War (1939-45), Raleigh concentrated on munitions work.The name of its budget range, launched in 1938 as Gazelle, was changed to Robin Hood, and Raleigh acquired Rudge-Whitworth.The list below is one I’ve used over the years, when buying vintage bicycles, to remember when those companies were still ‘original’ before being taken over by Raleigh: Humber 1932 Rudge-Whitworth 1943 Triumph 1954 Three Spires 1954 BSA , New Hudson, Sunbeam 1957 Phillips 1960 Hercules 1960 Norman 19 Carlton 1960 ********************* Raleigh Street, Nottingham, was the site of a small workshop which in 1886 started producing diamond-frame safety bicycles at the rate of three a week.Frank Bowden, a successful lawyer and convert to cycling, bought the firm in 1887 and in December 1888 founded The Raleigh Cycle Company as a limited liability private company.