New to Bikes so hoping this question is OK.

My partner was recently given an old Raleigh bike for free and has since taken it to get the cables and tyres replaced, but as it's quite small (for teens?) she plans to trade / swap / sell it for something more her size.

I know nothing about bikes whatsoever, but apparently the people in the repair shop said it's quite unique. Can anyone tell me anything else about it? Era / 'model' / history or the like?

Raleigh Right hand side

Raleigh bike

Close up


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    The main dating item is the cottered crank. This tells you it's prior to about 1975. Mar 14, 2018 at 2:47

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The Jeep is a giveaway. There really was a Raleigh Jeep. It's on page 7 of this 1971 catalogue.

You're right, it was meant for girls.

That massive headlight isn't original. Otherwise it's a nice looking bike that needs some work.

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    It really is a bit of a giveaway, isn't it?
    – Strawberry
    Aug 15, 2017 at 15:30
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    Hahah, feel a bit daft now! Good to know for certain anyway. Aug 15, 2017 at 15:33
  • The massive headlight is about right for the period though, when incandescent lamps were driven by two D cell batteries. There's no rear light visible at all, and no reflectors other than what's on the much-more-recent pedals, or perhaps painted white on the back of the mudguard.
    – Criggie
    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:23
  • @Criggie specifically I think the lamp is an Ever Ready Frontguard so not standard equipment but as you say correct for the period
    – Chris H
    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:49
  • What's with the gashes and blood on the legs of the kids on page 5?
    – shoover
    Apr 14, 2023 at 5:00

Not unique (ChrisH has already nailed it), but unusual, and possibly rare. What it won't be is valuable. You have the bicycle equivalent of a 1970s manually-tuned push-button TV. Kind of fun, but kind of clunky by modern standards.


I had one of these bikes for Xmas in 1971, it was my pride and joy. I seem to remember that it had white tyres, and the saddle was white plastic. It didn’t have the light on the front, or the rear carry frame when it was new, they must have been extras.


I had one of these about 30years ago - I was about 23 but I'm small so the bike was lovely. I had the red frame and blue mud and chain guards which I then sprayed matt black. I also put white walled tyres on it. It looked amazing but the lack of any gears was a real bind. My partner got one, second hand, for Christmas in the early 70s and was so excited. There are still a lot sbout and you can still pick them up for £20-40.

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