1936 Raleigh lady's Bicycle

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usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
109
Woodland Hills, CA
Hi All,

I found this barn fresh bike locally. It appears to be a 1936 Raleigh that someone over the last 81 years has replaced the following items: quadrant shifter, hand grips and kick stand. Everything else on the bike appears to be original including a 3" Raleigh Bell and a Veeter Cyclometer. The rear hub is a K6 and the front wheel has a radial lacing spoke pattern. I plan to cut off the bicycle lock that is located near-by the rear brake. The paint shows that it has been subjected to weather elements and I plan to use a light oil to both clean and then polish its' paint. I would appreciate any input on this bike, as I plan to make it road worthy again!

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Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
665
74
Schaumburg
I love these. Few people seem to know that the chrome tube on top of the front fenders was where the factory bike lock went. Never try to take the rear gears apart for fun, unless you are into pain. They are bullet proof and always seem to shift forever and they were invented in 1904. A Raleigh won the Tour De France in 1914 and then no gears in the race until 1936. In our flat state of Lincoln, three is enough. Are you classy enough to ride it? I am a Hobo, with my zipper open, and I have about seven.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
830
Concord NC
I love these. Few people seem to know that the chrome tube on top of the front fenders was where the factory bike lock went. Never try to take the rear gears apart for fun, unless you are into pain. They are bullet proof and always seem to shift forever and they were invented in 1904. A Raleigh won the Tour De France in 1914 and then no gears until 1936. In our flat state of Lincoln, three is enough. Are you classy enough to ride it? I am a Hobo, with my zipper open, and I have about seven.
I've never seen an example of the factory bike lock that I know of. Any pictures?
 
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Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
665
74
Schaumburg
I only saw one in a picture. If I see one in the flesh, I'm stamping on all people in the area and giving the seller my retirement savings and my wife. I'd crawl over your tin hat and hold you off with a screw driver.
 
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Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
665
74
Schaumburg
How did you determine the date to be 1936?
I'm going from memory from a great book called "The Enchanted Chain" (?) or the story of gearing. I am trying to look for it now. The internet should have the verification. Could be 1938 because I read it years ago. They only changed the rules because the spectators could ride ahead of the races and it became a joke. It does wreck the stats.
I love the French except the fact that they naw on horses. Do they know how to party! I got kissed more times there than in the rest of my life. You get double kissed and they can't keep their tops on at the beach. Gotta love a county like that.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
830
Concord NC
I'm going from memory from a great book called "The Enchanted Chain" (?) or the story of gearing. I am trying to look for it now. The internet should have the verification. Could be 1938 because I read it years ago. They only changed the rules because the spectators could ride ahead of the races and it became a joke. It does wreck the stats.
I love the French except the fact that they naw on horses. Do they know how to party! I got kissed more times there than in the rest of my life. You get double kissed and they can't keep their tops on at the beach. Gotta love a county like that.
"The Dancing Chain" maybe?
 

Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
665
74
Schaumburg
That's correct! I need to hire you to follow me around so my dementia doesn't show. 'Enchanted" I must be turning into one of those Gatherers with bumpers in front. OK, I'll let you sit on my locked Raleigh when I find one but just for a moment.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
830
Concord NC
Radial-Spoked front wheel? Was this more of a Sports Model or the wheel was changed?
Good eye! I didn't even notice that when I first looked. Was this just for the front wheel? Would radial spokes even be strong enough for the rear wheel?
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
830
Concord NC
And what kind of hub is in the rear wheel? From what I can see, I don't think it's a Sturmey "AW".
 

usarnie1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 10, 2015
109
Woodland Hills, CA
And what kind of hub is in the rear wheel? From what I can see, I don't think it's a Sturmey "AW".
The rear hub is a Sturmey Archer K6 with a two section indicator chain, joined in the middle, that goes through both axel nuts. The 6 indicates that it is a 1936. It is in no way like an AW!

So far I have replaced both tires, tubes, seat, hand grips, brake shoes and shifter.
 
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