||1947 Raleigh Record Ace 23½"
||Dunlop HP Special Lightweight steel on Sturmey
rear hub and Normandy front
||Sturmey-Archer FW 4-speed
||GB Spearpoint alloy with GB alloy bars
with Brooks saddlebag
||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
Bluemels 'Noweight' guards.