Here's another Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum Recycle Project story...
One Saturday afternoon last month, Adam disappeared into the depths of our shed looking for a longer seat post for Petra. He began removing various bicycles and boxes of parts from the shed and laying them out on the lawn. My mind on Petra, I took little notice. I am so accustomed to seeing lots of 'junk' from the shed -- all of it donated, all of it received without inspection -- that it was several minutes before my eyes focused in any meaningful way, only for them to land on something that made me dash for my phone.
I know nothing about Raleigh's RSW range but I knew instantly this was not another run-of-the-mill "let's see if we can transform a sow's ear into a silken purse" sort of refurbishment project.
A few minutes later, I had uploaded a handful of photos to the Vintage Bicycles UK group on Facebook. And within 24 hours, this little beauty had a new home.
Between Lewis's first expression of interest via Facebook and his arrival on our doorstep on Sunday evening, just about the only thing I had gleaned from the Internet about the possible value (historical or otherwise) or small-wheeled Raleighs was that, apparently, cream balloon tyres were that little bit more desirable.
I can offer nothing more than photos.
|The only really 'bad' thing on this bicycle was the heavily corroded kickstand mount.|
The kickstand itself was completely seized.
|new owner Lewis very pleased with his new Raleigh|
In immaculate condition, this bicycle might have fetched £100 from a knowledgeable, savvy collector. But "immaculate" this example most certainly was not! We left it entirely to Lewis' discretion to offer a donation to the Project.
If any readers are interested in Raleigh RSWs, there is a Facebook group that seems to be an excellent all-round resource for owners and enthusiasts.