The list below will help with dating your Raleigh bicycle from the frame numbers, but is not a definitive list, it simply notes occasional frame numbers that coincide with certain years of manufacture.Raleigh Bicycles 1888-1925 -------------------------- From frame number located under saddle Prior to 1925, genuine Raleighs (not necessarily brand names made by Raleigh) had a straight forward numerical frame number. 1888 1500 1907 183073 1889 3200 1908 215650 1890 5200 1909 249081 1891 7600 1910 285669 1892 10500 1911 328748 1893 13900 1912 375693 1894 19100 1913 427829 1895 25300 1914 482851 1896 32100 1915 517198 1897 39913 1916 545198 1898 45981 1917 569737 1899 54032 1918 592473 1900 65152 1919 621678 1900 69868 1920 654502 1901 77342 1921 688291 1902 89622 1922 738447 1903 102954 1923 809184 1904 112673 1924 899465 1905 129228 1925 998077 1906 154917 Raleigh Bicycles 1925-Second War -------------------------------- 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.

Everything on this web site is (c)2013 Menotomy Vintage Bicycles and may not be used in any way without written permission Here are the years that Raleigh took over various 3-speed companies.

Humber 1932 Rudge-Whitworth 1943 Triumph 19 Phillips 1960 Hercules 1960 ============================================== Dating Your Raleigh 3-speed Bicycle If your bicycle has a Sturmey-Archer hub (c1903-1990s), it should have on the hub a date of manufacture, which would normally also be the cycle's date of manufacture.

It may also be possible to date your bicycle from its frame number which on early models is usually located underneath the seat lug, under the saddle.

This only applies to a genuine Raleigh, not to other makes.

The new system involved a second running letter, added to the first, which began at the start of the alphabet.

The Sting was available in a number of different frame colors (including to Schwinn press release in the reference section of this website) Yellow.Click on the color description to view additional information about these bikes at the BMX Museum.Chrome Chrome is the most common color and was trimmed with either blue or red components Chrome - Blue Trim - Photo courtesy of Steve Timm Cardinal Red Painted Frame - Photo courtesy of Steve Timm The red on the Sting is a candy color.As with the blue, the color was achieved by painting the frame with a base coat of silver paint and then overlaying the desired frame color.The actual color of the frame could vary some depending on how thick the paint was laid down.Sky Blue Painted Frame - Photo courtesy of Scott Loveless The blue like the red is a candy color.