Saturday, November 29, 2008

1955 Huffy/Raleigh Sportsman

This is my new project for winter: a 1955 Huffy Sportsman, made by Raleigh, with a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. This guy is a bit the worse for the wear, and I think quite a lot is going to have to be replaced. The chrome is mostly shot, and the frame has got a good bit of rust, but it's a solid old "British steel" bike. All of the components are Raleigh-made, and many of them are stamped "Raleigh Industries."

My favorite part is the chainring with the letters "NR", which I can only assume stands for "Nottingham Raleigh" (Update: nope, it's R.I.N. for Raleigh Industries Nottingham; the "I" is a bit hard to see). I haven't been able to find any other examples on the intertubes of this particular chainring design (wrong again--apparently common for brands taken over by Raleigh. See this thread at OldRoads.com, about 2/3 down the page, as well as this bike).

My final goal is for this to be a cargo bike, all fitted out with racks and baskets and whatnot. I've got a lot more photos up at my Flickr account, with a bit of explanatory text, so go check them out. And, of course, I'll be blogging about the restoration here as I go. The previous owner has even promised to check in, as he expressed a desire to see this old bike returned to its former glory. I'll do my best!

5 comments:

  1. Nice find...!

    Doesn't that chainring say R.I.N. (Raleigh Industries Nottingham)?

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  2. Well, knock me down and call me Judy!--I didn't even see that "I" in there! You're absolutely right, R.I.N.--thanks for spotting that.

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  3. Hello from Australia, I would just like to leave a comment to say great blog. Please keep the pictures coming, I will be checking back, I enjoy seeing photos of classic and not so classic old bikes!

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  4. Yup...another Sweet Find! I wish there were more of those to be found around here. My winter project list consists of finishing the ones from the past two winters that I haven't gotten done yet :-(

    Aaron

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  5. Aaron, thanks, I was happy to find it. It's funny you say that, because Southern California is not exactly the land of old bikes--I've just gotten lucky. Although, given the amount of work this one is probably going to require, I don't know if "lucky" is the right word!

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