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Raleigh Record Ace (RRA) Modèrne - 1958

(model no. 57) serial no. 3766AD

Short-lived successor to the post-war RRA (1948-1953) which was in production for just two years (1957-58).
Original cost: £39. 19s. 6d. (£650 in 2005 pounds).

RRA 1 - 450

This machine was custom-ordered for the original owner by his father who worked for Raleigh, Nottingham, for over 40 years. He rode it regularly but in the early 1960s changed out the original components to GB “66” brakes, GB Hiduminium stem, Huret Allvit derailleur, Weinmann alloy 27” clincher rims on Normandy large flange hubs etc. Not used since the mid 1980s. Purchased on eBay (UK) on 21 November 2006.  All other non original parts replaced with correct components as per catalogue specification except for stem and ‘bars. Back on the road 27 January 2007.

Frame Serial no. 3766AD; Material: Reynolds 531 butted tubing, thin taper backstays and chainstays.
Braze ons: Sturmey Archer gear pulley boss, pump pegs under top tube, rear brake cable stops on top tube and derailleur cable stop on chainstay and gear lever boss. Tecalemit lubricators for bottom bracket races and bottom headrace. Special Raleigh chainstay and fork ends with mudguard eyelets. Fork: “D” to round section blades of Reynolds 531.
Finish: original Raleigh black dipped enamel with white enamel seat tube panel and head. Gold lug lining, seat post bands and fork bands. 12” chromium plating on front fork ends and 6” on rear triangle ends.  The transfers and longer chrome socks on the front fork differ from the catalogue depictions and may be due to this being a custom-ordered frame for a Raleigh employee.
Dimensions: seat tube 24” (c to t), top tube 22” (c to c); Angles: 73 (head) 71 (seat)
Fork rake: 2 ½”; Wheelbase: 41 ¼”; Bottom bracket height: 11 1/8”
Chainstay length: 17 ¼"; Rear spacing: 118 mm
Lugs: Raleigh pattern cutaway lugs
Weight: 26.5 lbs. complete machine
Wheels 27 x 1 ¼” Dunlop special lightweight high pressure steel 32/40-hole rims, 15/17G double butted Wheelsmith spokes (4x in back, 3x in front), BH Airlite Continental high flange hubs with Cyclo wingnuts
Chainset Williams C.1200 46t with 6 ¾” cranks; Reynolds Elite chain
Pedals Raleigh steel quill road racing with GB “Professional” stainless toe-clips and Popular straps
Gears Benelux Mark 7 derailleur with Benelux down-tube lever; Freewheel: Regina 14-16-18-20-22 t (freewheel*)
Brakes GB alloy Coureur side-pull calipers with Super Hood alloy levers, white GB rubber hoods and white fluted cables
Stem/Bars GB 4” chromium-plated Reynolds 531 spearpoint with GB 16” wide alloy Maitland bend ‘bars, white plastic tape and GB plugs.*
Headset Raleigh chrome steel
Saddle Brooks oval badge B17N Competition with chromium undercarriage; Saddle toolkit: Brooks Challenge; Seat pin: Reynolds domed top alloy
Extra details Mudguards: Britannia Sprint Veloce narrow section white plastic; Pump: 19” Britannia Sprint Veloce white plastic; Lamp: Eveready battery cycle lamp; Lamp bracket: Raleigh right fork-mounted
Components (as per original specification except as marked*)

RRA 2 - 220
Detail showing Eveready lamp
RRA 3 - 220
Raleigh pattern cutaway head lugs
RRA 4 - 220
1958 RRA Moderne from left side

RRA 5 - 220
Above: Airlite LF hubs with Cyclo alloy wingnuts
Right: Benelux Mark 7
Far Right: Williams C1200 chainset
RRA 6 - 220
RRA 7 - 220