Dating raleigh bicycles serial
In late March of 2002, I became the owner of a Carlton Catalina touring bike, made in England in (as close as I can tell) the mid 1960s, and I promptly set about the task of restoring it.
The bike was a disaster--a real rust bucket--but as I tore it down, I was astounded to see that it was largely unused and almost completely original.
The author would be grateful to know of any inaccuracies and to receive further information to make the tables more comprehensive.
1 ), on the near side (N/S) (left when sitting on the bike) rear drop out, or on the seat tube cluster (saddle pin lug where it usually on the N/S but just sometimes on the back or O/S).
Depending on the marque the ME may be able to date the machine very accurately from the number.
Dursley Pedersen numbers are underneath the leading edge of the front fork spreader plate which carries the lower steering swivel of this frame, with the frame’s size number on the right (near side of the same member). See Table 2 Is it a plain serial number or does it have some preceding numbers or letters (a prefix) or perhaps has some numbers or letters that follow the main number (a suffix)?
None of the bearings had any visible wear, and even the brake pads, gears, chain, and cable sheaths were ones that came new with the bike.
The only nonoriginal part was the saddle; I assume that the original leather one died a moldy death as the bike sat decaying in a series of garages.
This note was begun before the V-CC published the two volumes of Lightweight Catalogues wherein the various marque enthusiasts (ME’s) had set out frame number lore for their makes.
These publications have been invaluable in adding accuracy to the information – but even including their data there are still well over 200 makes of possible lightweights to be confused over!