A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Raleigh Superbe

One bicycle I lust after is a Raleigh Superbe. Click to enlargeThis product of Nottingham is the quinessential British roadster bicycle. Tough as nails, it was billed as the "all steel" bicycle when steel was a desirable characteristic in a bike. It had 28 inch gum walled tires, roller rod actuated brakes, and a totally enclosed chain case. The Raleigh Superbe came with full fenders, a generator driven headlight, a locking front fork, and a sprung Brooks leather saddle.

There is one up for auction on ebay right now. The current bid is GBP 128.50(approximately US $256.22). Unfortunately, it is located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, and shipping to the States is GBP $180.00.

It's tempting.......

Update: It closed at GBP 250.00 (approximately US $503.20), US $865.50 with shipping.

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Blogger dropdownstairs said...

I like the seat, I rode cross county on one and it is the best.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That thing is the Ford truck of bikes.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Carl H said...

I've wanted one of those for years. I like things that WORK and those old Superbe's work.

Did you see that Sheldon Browne passed away recently? He left a lot of good Raleigh info on the web.



10:20 PM  
Blogger Carl H said...

I've also been giving some of the bikes from Electra the eye. Their Amsterdam model reminds me of the Raleigh Superbe. Might be an alternative way to get to the same place, since finding a vintage Superbe is no piece of cake here in the idwest.


3:02 PM  
Blogger chopzilla said...


I just came across a 1972 Raleigh Superbee, green in colour, mint condition..Sturmey Archer AW 3 speed hub..bike is in almost 100% condition..Located In Oakville ONT Canada.call 905-815-2100

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually recently purchased a 1972 Raleigh Superbe while I was in Florida. I ended up paying $246 with tax. This isn't a picture of my actual bike but it looks like this:
http://drumbent.com/photos/bikes/superbe/superbe.jpg, and it has the silver pump in the middle.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently came across 4 superbe model raleighs . They are 1954 and 1955 vintage. Very complete and in fantastic condition. 4 speed dyno-hubs!

8:37 AM  
Anonymous barco said...

I have a 1954 Superbe Roadster just like your picture.good condition.make me a offer

12:30 AM  
Anonymous barco said...

I have a 1954 Superbe Roadster just like your picture with saddle bag. good condition, make offer !

12:36 AM  
Blogger Toronto Bike Chic said...

hey Xavier,

i got my superbe by posting signs in old neighbourhoods that had original owners from the 50's

an 80 year old man sold me his for $50... good luck on your search..

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just bought a 1957 raleigh superbe last week here in England Its compleat with a Brooks B73 saddle.What a bike! so far I've done about 100 miles joyous bike riding. its just such a fantastic bike. From reading the comments above I gather that you guys in the states are not blessed with lots of these old bikes to buy, anybody who might be iterested in importing one from here in the UK please feel free to contact me by email on johnstons_of_widnes@hotmail.co.uk I'd be happy to help find you one of these fantastic old bikes and organize shiping

all the best

brian johnston

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are now available as factory reproductions (with shipping to the US), in both lady and gents versions:



10:15 PM  

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