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Raleigh Record Ace - 1948

Owned by: Michael Knowles

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Frame 1947 Raleigh Record Ace 23½"
Wheels Dunlop HP Special Lightweight steel on Sturmey rear hub and Normandy front
Chainset Williams C1000
Gears Sturmey-Archer FW 4-speed
Brakes GB Superhoods
Stem/Bars GB Spearpoint alloy with GB alloy bars
Saddle Brooks B17 with Brooks saddlebag
Extra details I have owned if for 50 years, buying it in 1957 whilst in the army, when it was 10 years old, from the owner of a little cycle shop in Canterbury (it was his own bike). I paid £10, which seems a bargain, but was 2 weeks army pay then!
Over the years it was used for club riding and touring (with panniers and a Cyclo 4 derailleur). I had the frame restored by Raleigh in 1960, but it was a poor job. I did a complete job on it myself (brush lacquer) in 2007 and brought it back (mostly - front hub is later) to original spec

Bluemels 'Noweight' guards. 

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