1972 Raleigh Sports?

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irideiam

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 27, 2010
590
El Lago, TX 77586, USA
I am new to vintage Raleighs, Should the head tube lugs on this 1972 Sports frame have welded seams at the bottom?
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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These lugs are manufactured from stamped steel sheet and welded.

"Usually" manufacturers dress the weld do some degree so it appears better than here.

(keep in mind that 1972 was the peak of the boom and corners we being cut to meet sales demand)

If curious as to how lugs, crowns and shells are fabricated this site gives information -

https://fietssite.jouwweb.nl/13/13e

Lots to explore here... ;)


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irideiam

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 27, 2010
590
El Lago, TX 77586, USA
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These lugs are manufactured from stamped steel sheet and welded.

"Usually" manufacturers dress the weld do some degree so it appears better than here.

(keep in mind that 1972 was the peak of the boom and corners we being cut to meet sales demand)

If curious as to how lugs, crowns and shells are fabricated this site gives information -

https://fietssite.jouwweb.nl/13/13e

Lots to explore here... ;)


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Cool thanks.
 

3-speeder

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 26, 2017
450
Lansing, MI, United States
My '72 Sports looks the same. The seat lug weld might look a little cleaner.
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