Raleigh Royale circa 1968? 5speed

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Brummie53

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The current derailleur is a Simplex and was replaced in the first couple of years when I flicked up a stick when going down a track and mangled it.

I can’t remember whether the original was a Simplex or not.
I have to say I’m impressed by the knowledge and advice of all you folks on this site. I’m sure I’ll be picking your brains a few times over this renovation !
Many thanks
 

Gunk

Veteran
Location
Oxford
I would try and save the Simplex it’s a nice quality and slightly unusual rear mech.
 

Kempstonian

Has the memory of a goldfish
Location
Bedford
This is the sort of project I like! A bit of work but highly fixable - and it will make a nice bike. The frame looks quite good so there doesn't seem any need for a respray (which has saved you quite a bit of money). All other parts should clean up fine, and what don't can be easily replaced. Good luck with it! :okay:
 
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Brummie53

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I’m almost ready to start on the restoration of the Raleigh Royale 5 speed but am still trying to pin down its age . As previously said I can’t remember exactly when I had the bike (from new) but it was definitely between the last two years at school and the first two years at work so 1966-1970. I checked underneath the bottom bracket and was surprised to find two sets of numbers 2554051 and 64927 GC. I’ve looked at sites such as Sheldon Brown and Kurt Kaminer and looked at info on Raleigh records but can’t find anything that seems to fit my bike . Can anyone help to throw any light on it?
 

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raleighnut

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On 3 Wheels
I’m almost ready to start on the restoration of the Raleigh Royale 5 speed but am still trying to pin down its age . As previously said I can’t remember exactly when I had the bike (from new) but it was definitely between the last two years at school and the first two years at work so 1966-1970. I checked underneath the bottom bracket and was surprised to find two sets of numbers 2554051 and 64927 GC. I’ve looked at sites such as Sheldon Brown and Kurt Kaminer and looked at info on Raleigh records but can’t find anything that seems to fit my bike . Can anyone help to throw any light on it?
Looks like a 'Carlton' built frame to me (Wrapover seatstays) :becool:
 

biggs682

Smile a mile bike provider
Location
Northamptonshire
Are there any date codes on the hubs and back of the calipers ?

Should scrub up nice enough.
 

midlife

Guru
Frame number looks like it's from the rogue frame numbering years 1968-1973. As mentioned some of the kit might have a date code on it.
 
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Brummie53

Regular
Thanks to all, will have a look at any possible date codes and get back to you. Apart from hubs and callipers is there anywhere else I should be looking?
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
That'll make a nice bike, well worth doing a proper job on. I love the Gzb centrepulls.

The good news about the mech is they're moderately collectable because they're so unusual, so give it a good clean and you can flog that on ebay to raise some funds for the rebuild, unless youre dead set on an original resto.
 
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