Friday, November 7, 2014

Vintage Spotlight: 1974 Raleigh Sports 3-Speed, NOS

1974 Raleigh Sports, NOS
From -- The Raleigh Sports and its deluxe sibling the Superbe were the flagships of Raleigh's line of utility bikes.

For many years, in many parts of the world, the Raleigh "Sports" three-speed bicycle was considered the ultimate in human-powered transportation. These bicycles were not toys, and, despite the model name, they were not sporting equipment...they were serious vehicles. The men and women who built them, by and large, also rode them, as their primary means of transportation.

Most modern bicycles are designed with the primary intent to catch your eye on the sales floor, and persuade you to buy. 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. [Keep reading ...]

Poster's note: My 1974 Raleigh Sports (above photos) was purchased a few years ago on eBay. Also check out this beautiful 1970 Sports, courtesy of About Sports. A complete history of the Raleigh Bicycle Company can be found on Wikipedia.

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