Some photos for posterity of a rather nice Raleigh x frame ladies machine that came my way recently. I bought it at auction in a moment of weakness before the dawning hit me that I really don't have the need for another Ladies bicycle, so it was passed on to a well known cycle dealer fairly quickly and has now no doubt been mildly renovated and probably is with a new keeper too...
All the same I thought I would put some pictures up as it is such a lovely original and un-molested thing. Ladies cross frame Raleighs are significantly rarer than the gents ones and this one doubly so as it is the 'Superbe' Model produced for a very short period. The Superbe model is identifiable by the Lea Francis type handlebars with concealed rollers.
|1911 Raleigh x-frame Superbe in all her glory. At the time|
the x-frame Superbe was the most expensive bicycle on the
|Lovely original transfer on the tin chaincase.|
|Slightly eccentric but likely original positioning of the Sturmey|
gear cable rollers. Note also the original coated cable.
|Close up on the Lea Francis type handlebars.|
|Another side on view.|
|Beautifully tooled leather ladies saddle.|
|Original down tube transfer and steering lock.|