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Between 1925 and the cessation of cycle production during the Second World War, letters prefixed or suffixed the running frame number although no indication is given of the starting point of the numbers.
They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.
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Prior to 1925, genuine Raleighs (not necessarily brand names made by Raleigh) had a straightforward numerical frame number. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) Note that the serial number information below is fragmentary and incomplete, and many bikes have proven to be much newer than the serial numbers would suggest.The new system involved a second running letter, added to the first, which began at the start of the alphabet. The character began at the start of the alphabet, and indicated year of manufacture.Detail about the numerals that follow the alphabet are sketchy, and are presumably sequential serial numbers of some kind.Rims are lightweight Mavic clinchers, with Panasonic/Rivendell Roll-y Pol-y tires. Many thanks to the people who have contributed to the content on this site!