Dating a raleigh bicycle
and export production serials may vary - conversely, they may not.If new information is found, these charts will be duly updated to reflect such.As the wear on a vintage bike increases, the greater the likelihood components are not original, either through replacement of worn parts or through component swaps.Swaps can take place early in the life of a bike as the proud new owner upgrades to new or used components of higher quality.Some serial systems from one era may resemble that of an earlier or later era.Please make a concerted effort to see that your serial(s) is/are an exact match - that is, the serial number system, serial placement, and font type are identical to that of your frame.Modern steel rims, cranks, etc are of low quality, because they are aimed at the cheapest possible price point.
Founded by Woodhead and Angois in 1885, who used Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world.
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..were serious vehicles.
Keep in mind that these charts are incomplete, and there is a reasonably wide margin of error between serial cutoff dates.
There isn't enough data to claim either option as absolute.