I acquired this mini Raleigh for not much money (out of my pocket but less than half my grocery budget for the week) for a nice lady I met on the internet who lives near Edmonton. Now she has stopped returning my emails. Amazingly, I’m not too stressed about that. I found out via the other nice people on the internet that is is a Raleigh Colt. It was purpose built for tweens and people between 4’5 and about 5′. As near as I can tell based on serial number placement this one is an early 1970’s model. The big girls are likely already too big for this bike, but Toddler girl isn’t. Having a few years to really clean it up and make it sparkle will be fun. It seems to be a really well build bike and runs nicer than my CCM. Aside from my knees coming up over the handle bars as I pedal.
If she doesn’t want it when she grows to that size, I can sell it then. If she does want one and I sell it now, they are only going to get harder to find. I could sell it right now, since I have already have someone who wants it for parts. I just hate turning a functioning bike into a non-functioning bike. To me, I would always rather have that equation work in reverse. Especially since the only problem I can is some minor surface rust on the fenders and chain guard. I really believe that a little clean would be all it takes to fix that. The chrome is perfect.
On one hand, I would NOT have bought this for myself. On the other, now that I have it…. It is growing on me. Let me know when I become a bike hoarder, OK?