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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:46 pm 
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evening ive picked up a bike tonight badged as rufford sport robin hood , with a sturmey archer hub , any ideas what year it is please ill add a pic soon as
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:22 pm 
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The year should be stamped on the SA hub shell somewhere. At a guess I'd say late 40s/early 50s. Looks great - just clean it up, polish up the paint as best you can, sort out the mechanicals - brilliant. Please don't repaint it!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:58 pm 
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Looks to me just pre WW2, late 1930's. Await the SA date.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:02 am 
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That looks brilliant. Could it be any more from the midlands? Looking forward to seeing it cleaned and polished - it should come up beautifully :D


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:25 am 
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Nice find, I've attached a piccie from a 1947 catalogue that looks there about ( a bit earlier would be my guess ), I think they had been swallowed up by Raleigh by then. Terry


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:13 am 
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This was a cheaper Raleigh make, mainly sold to non cycle trade retailers, and export. Deliberately made to look different from raleigh. The main Raleigh makes were sold through specialist cycle dealers who had spares and service ability. So that the large store type outlets were not seen to be directly in competition with the cycle specialist, manufacturers made special models that looked a bit different.
Still looks late 1930's to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:50 pm 
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keithglos wrote:
This was a cheaper Raleigh make, mainly sold to non cycle trade retailers, and export. Deliberately made to look different from raleigh. The main Raleigh makes were sold through specialist cycle dealers who had spares and service ability. So that the large store type outlets were not seen to be directly in competition with the cycle specialist, manufacturers made special models that looked a bit different.
Still looks late 1930's to me.


I remember the Raleigh connection from somewhere. Must have read it but can't remember where now. My brother-in-law had one when I was a lad, very similar (I think!) to the one shown. It was blue anyway! I think he must have bought it in the mid'late 50s though. Sadly I commandeered it while he was away for a while, stripped it down, hand-painted it light green, fitted some old motor-bike 'bars (mountain bikes are nothing new!) and used it for 'tracking'. He was furious when he got back. I reckon it was his fault for 'abandoning' it in our garage within reach of a bike-mad 12 year old! :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:58 pm 
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theres a 52 on the sa hub :D thanks
mostly working apart from the front wheel thats got a nice curve to it


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