1957 Raleigh, Should I buy it?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by cooltoy, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    I have a chance at this bike that he dug out of a barn for me. It looks like new and was made in the same year as I was born, so that is kind of cool.
    The thing is that I was after an older look,like what I think you guys/gals call the wizzer. The old Indian motorbike look.
    What are your thoughts? I had offered $50 for that old bike in your barn and this is what I got back.
    I've tried twice now but I can't get the pics to show up. The bike is like new, all the wheels and crome are in such good shape that you can read the info on the parts, even the rim.I could read the info on the pictures! It also has the original 3 speed shifter on the bars. Would I be lucky to have this bike if I had to pay more than , say, $150?????
    Steve
    Pictures of my bike are below.
    I have determined that it is a 1957 model based on the date on the rear hub. I also researched it and found that it is very rare because of its large frame and 28" wheels. It is referred to in the US as a roadster but I know for sure that it was sold in Canada as a Raleigh Canadian. You can see by the badge on the front that it was manufactured in Nottingham, England.
    It has the original bars, wheels, fenders, and all hardware. It is missing the gold pinstriping and blue stripe in the spoke area of the rims. The rims are perfectly straight -no dents or wobble. The leather seat is english and about the same vintage as the bike. The pedals and hand-grips have been replaced. The chrome plating is very good. The tires have lots of tread but show some sidewall cracking.
    I am trying to make up my mind about the price.

    Edit* from looking at file info from this site, it looks like my pics/files are too large..sorry
     
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  2. Do they even make 28 inch tires and tubes anymore?
    I say go for it!
     
  3. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    Good question! Another question would be:will the sprocket and chain clear the frame. Mountain bikes come with a very wide section of framing and that is why it's possible to leave that stupid thing that broke two of my wheels/spokes before I threw it away.I have around 6 great pics but I can't include them.
    Large phil..do you want me to email them to you? Just a thought. You could pm me with email but I'll understand if you would rather not.
     
  4. RATRODER

    RATRODER Guest

    cooltoy if it looks like this I would buy it,and you can git 28"tires&tubes.louis
     

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  5. Alan

    Alan Member

    I second what RATRODER said. Not even maybe.
     
  6. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    Thanks, it's more like this picture but the cross bar is curved by your crotch. I have looked and looked but I can't find any pics. The bike only has the shifter on the handlbars as it has coaster brakes. now the guy is saying that he may put it on EBay if I am not interested. I will offer $100 and see what he says.
     

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  7. BoltsMissing

    BoltsMissing Active Member

    I used this software to make thumbnails out of large pic files.
    Once it's installed, right clik on the pic file and it creates the correct size pic (new file) for uploading, and it's free)
    http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/?Easy Thumbnails=3000

    Would be very interetsed to see that Raliegh, have one here and not sure what year it is.
     
  8. Okay. PM sent. I could post it here.
     
  9. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    IMO, a 50 year old bike in the condition you describe would be worth at least 150 but not to be motorized, just in it's own beautiful skin. Raleigh vintages are keepers.
     
  10. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    Thanks to all, I've sent the pics to Large Filipino (thanks for that) and I will have a look at that site that boltsmissing gave me.
    This is so strange for me because being an old car nut, I never would have thought that an old bike would create so much interest. You all have me thrilled with this find and the more I think about it the more I feel that some of the parts alone may be worth the money that he may ask. I've sent him an email telling him that I am interested and made an offer of $150 but I have the feeling he will want lots more. Thanks again to all of you, this has been fun! Not as much fun as say finding an old 1967 RS Camero convertable in a barn but I think I'm starting to "get" this bike thing. lol
     
  11. WOW. Get this bike.
    It really is in amazing shape.
     

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  12. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    Thats funny, I was just on my way to put up the pics..thanks L/P, I figured I could count on you. I downloaded that program that for making the pics. smaller and I have to say, that was a very easy program to use. Even I figured it out, I just was not sure that I was going to find my new pics as I'm not sure of where it put them...lol

    Yes, the bike is very nice and this summer I will do more barn hunting. The guy still has not told me if he will sell it for the $150 I offered. He just said that he will bring the bike by this weekend for me to look at. I will not let him leave with it and will go another $50 but that is it.
    One poster said I should not motorize it, my only issue with that is that I don't go out without my motor. I have turned into a very lazy guy over the last few months. I think he may be right though and may just try to turn it into a mint original bike . I love the fact that it is as old as I am. Now i need to find a parts place where I can get those cool steel rod/no cables brake setup. That is so old school and I love the look.
     
  13. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    That's a nice big frame there! Love the bike ...I don't know but I might be sorely tempted to motorize it after all. Your find, your call...hope you can get it.
     
  14. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    If your having trouble uploading your pics cos their too large resize them in IrfanView,it's a free German image viewer.
    http://www.irfanview.com/
    I didn't expect the Raleigh to look THAT good....GO FOR IT.......it's also an investment. :cool:
     
  15. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    For fifty you won't lose!!! I know these Ralieghs and they are good solid bikes. You can still get tubes and tires for them. What a find.It's funny, I went from old cars to old bikes then motoredbikes and motorcycles. Still love my old dart, but once bitten by the bike thing, I never looked back. There are a lot of similarities, or paralells between the two hobbies/motorsports, and I think you'll not be unhappy with the old bike thing as well... Good luck and Have Fun!!! P.s. I'd motorize it but that's me; it's your bike your call!
     
  16. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    You brought some good memories back when you mentioned your old Dart.
    I was 15 years old out delivering the early morning papers, there was this "bad arse" driving around in a blue 69 340/4 speed. He took me for a ride and we ended up in a police chase through the streets of Toronto!
    That was my first time in a stick car and I tingle with pleasure even now re-living that morning. Later I found out that the reason he was out at 6am was because he was well know and did not have a licence.
    I've been in love with that car since that day. That was one sexy car!
     

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  17. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I agree with NOT motorizing it. Find something different, & not collectible to motorize. That bike is a " Beaut " as it is .
     
  18. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Well I don't want to stray too far off topic, nor do I want to jack yer thread, but just like, real quick here... This is my daily driver, "Magoo".
     

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