Schwinn's new company coincided with a sudden bicycle craze in America.
Chicago became the center of the American bicycle industry, with thirty factories turning out thousands of bikes every day.
This chart has been developed as an additional reference guide (more so then simply dating off Sturmey-Archer hubs) for the positive identification of Raleigh frames and entire bicycles. Given the number of bicycles produced at Raleigh during any given year versus the relatively small sample size of bikes available to me (200 individual examples at last count), I cannot guarentee absolute accuracy.
As proper factory documentation is very limited, the following charts are a constant work in progress; they have been compiled by examining numerous Raleigh frames from each period, component date codes, decal schemes, color availabilities per year; and - occasionally - official papers. Nevertheless, please put your mind at ease - these serial charts have been checked, re-checked, and are as accurate as I can provide at their time of publication.
This clearly is when the component was made and not when the bike was made, but unless the component or bike manufacturer had lots of stock lying around in inventory, the date should be a fairly good indication of the year of the bike.
At least it would be the earliest date that the bike could have been made.
Of course, all this assumes the bike has the original component.
The most likely components to be original are the stem, handlebars, seatpost, and brakes.
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The rear derailleur freewheel/cassette and chainwheels are probably the first to be changed on a bike.
On a vintage bike in excellent condition (that apparently had a lonely existence in a garage) all of the components likely are original.
As the wear on a vintage bike increases, the greater the likelihood components are not original, either through replacement of worn parts or through component swaps.
Swaps can take place early in the life of a bike as the proud new owner upgrades to new or used components of higher quality.
You stand on pedals that move on an a track, and move your arms back and forth, opposite your legs.
With an elliptical machine, you get a solid workout that utilizes several muscle groups including the quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, chest, back, triceps, biceps and core.
[Atom] [Brooks] [Campagnolo] [Dia-Compe and Weinmann] [Huret] [Maillard] [Normandy] [Nitto] [SR (Sakae)] [Sachs-Huret] [Shimano] [Strong] [Sansin] [Sunshine] [Sun Tour (Maeda)] [Sugino] [Tange] [Williams] [Dancing Chain] [Saddles]The date of manufacture of a bicycle's components can often be used to determine the date of manufacture of the bike itself.
Some bike parts have a date code cast or stamped into the piece.
Otherwise, you might accidentally misidentify your Raleigh bicycle.
Dor your sake and that of fellow collectors, please make 100% sure that your conclusions from this chart are correct.