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Between 1925 and the cessation of cycle production during the Second World War, letters prefixed or suffixed the running frame number although no indication is given of the starting point of the numbers.
They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.
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.
The mystique of steel caused the British cycle industry to be slow to adopt newfangled materials such as aluminum, and many British cyclists believed, even well into the 1960's, that steel rims, for instance, were superior to aluminum ones.
a "G" serial number may have been built into a bike in 1973, but the frame may have been built in 1972).
This is the easiest way to date a 3-speed bicycle, if it has its original rear wheel.
Prior to 1925, genuine Raleighs (not necessarily brand names made by Raleigh) had a straightforward numerical frame number. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) 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.
That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about...these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars.
These bikes were built to last 100 years, with reasonable care.