This was a major source of spending money for me when I was in junior high and high school. I was and am a compulsive tinkerer, delighting in putting things together that were not made for each other. In , when I was a sophomore in high school I got my first "serious" bike, an Elswick "Tour Anglais" , with mm 27 inch wheels, drop handlebars and a 4 speed Sturmey-Archer gear hub -very hot stuff for the place and time! I almost immediately made it into a 12 speed by adding a derailer and three sprocket cluster to it.
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Note that the serial number information below is fragmentary and incomplete, and many bikes have proven to be much newer than the serial numbers would suggest. It appears that Raleigh recycled many of the older serial numbers in later years, so there are lots of bikes from the 60s and 70s that have serial numbers that would suggest much greater age. Most older Sturmey-Archer hubs have two or three-letter model codes, which are usually stamped onto the hub shell. Conveniently, they also usually have the month and the last two digits of the year of manufacture stamped onto the shell. This is the easiest way to date a 3-speed bicycle, if it has its original rear wheel.
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