Ireland Folding Bike

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by g4geoff, 22 Sep 2016.

  1. g4geoff

    g4geoff Active Member

    I bought this yesterday anyone know who made them? Are they rebadged Raleigh's? IMG_0858.JPG
     
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    If it's a Raleigh, made by Raleigh in Ireland, it will have been made in one of two places. Cork, Co. Cork being one.

    Seperate records kept, and at times their own numbering system used.
     
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  3. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Can we have pictures of the tube decals, please? It does look typical Raleigh, though.
     
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    g4geoff

    g4geoff Active Member

    Thanks for your interest, The lettering that is part defaced says Lightweight, I think
     

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    g4geoff

    g4geoff Active Member

    Thanks I have not found any numbers yet
     
  6. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Check the rear hub. If original, it should be a good method of getting the age of the bike. Any addresses on the stickers, numbers have changed in recent years so will not work now.

    Number on the bracket it seems, from the picture.
     
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Look for either "Made in Eire" or the later "Made in the Republic of Ireland", used upto 1976
     
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  8. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

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  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    It's similar but not the same as my BSA. The rear 'triangle' is different to any I've seen before ....

    This has a good gallery and history which might help: http://www.foldingcyclist.com/
     
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  10. Cycleops

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    Nice one, especially like the plaid carrier. As classic33 said you will be able to date it from the number on the SA hub. I wonder how many actually used them for shopping?
     
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  11. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

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    BSA : Universal
     
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  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Check An Post, Raleigh supplied bikes to them. Green, from memory, comes a close match.

    Forget the last quarter century if matching colours. They've changed the green a few times during that time.
     
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    g4geoff

    g4geoff Active Member

    Thanks everyone for all your help, I cannot check SA hub until Monday as I am being "taken" away for the weekend.
     
  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Can't be that bothered then. Rather spend the weekend away, than checking his "new" bike is okay!!
     
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    g4geoff

    g4geoff Active Member

    I wish that were true, I would rather be in my shed
     
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