Well this is not exactly it because mine was badged as a Rudge but this appears to be the same bike as Raleigh bought the Rudge line in it's last years. This catalog page is from the 1962 Raleigh catalog. I bought this bike with some money from a paper route and some from gifts. I rode the bike all around the Chatham NJ area. It came equipped with Cyclo derailleur similar to this pull chain model. http://www.disraeligears.co.uk/Site/Cyclo_Benelux_Mark_8_Tourist_derailleur.html
It was not very good and I soon bought an early plastic Simplex of the more modern parallelogram design. The Rudge was green and had white plastic fenders, GB side pull brakes and a handle bar mounted double water bottle holder. It also had a Brooks seat. Here is some info on the Rudge company. This one I had had the Rudge headbage. It also had a headlight mount about half way down the right fork tube.
I rode this bike through college and then gave it to my sister in Chapel Hill where it was left outside and later stolen. I wonder if it would be worth anything today. I have never seen another one.
When in the USAF I bought a Sears Freespirt about 1973. It was somewhat heavy but ran pretty well and I commuted often from Bossier City to Barksdale AFB which was about 9 miles each way. I would then ride to the chow hall for lunch and back home maybe doing an errend or visiting a friend on the way home. On weekends I would sometimes go for a longer ride with a friend and got comfortable going 50-75 miles on Sunday afternoons riding around Shreveport in the heat of the summer.
One day I was hit by a car turning right when I was next to them. It bent the wheel and the frame a bit but I repaired it and continued riding it while in LA.
In 1976 I returned to VA after my time in the USAF and bought a used 1971ish Peugeot PX-10. This bike had a Reynolds 531 frame and tubular 'sew up' tires. It was a real light weight and was comfortable to ride long distances. The frame was 'springy' and it had a somewhat long wheelbase compared to bikes of today.
|Modern Pix of a Used PX-10|