According to the manufacturer's claims, this rim could supposedly carry the weight of a normal rider even before the spokes were put in. Tires of red Par rubber are of 5/8-inch diameter in front and 1/4-inch in the rear, the unusually thin tires being typical of a racing cycle.
And, this bike has interesting details such as the peaked fenders, drop handlebars, box pinstriping, rear rack (held on with wingnuts for rapid removal), quick-release front wheel and early Sturmey-Archer hub with toptube-mounted trigger. ) Perhaps my favorite detail is what I always thought was Rudge’s “hand built” logo.Chances are that you rode a Raleigh when you were younger - and maybe you still do now.Renowned for our iconic bikes such as the Burner, Grifter and Chopper, as well as our cutting-edge bikes like TI-Raleigh Tour de France winning 853 steel frames or our Militis carbon race machine. We own several other bike and accessory brands, including Diamondback and RSP, and we distribute a whole lot more to cycle shops around the UK.As is common with racing cycles, there is neither a brake nor a mounting step.The 58-inch front wheel has 52 tangential spokes brazed together at the points where they cross one another and a Clement hollow steel rim made from seamless tubing.