WARTIME FINISH BICYCLES:
Left: BSA. Right: RALEIGH
1946/1947 Raleigh Gents ‘Wartime Finish’
26 x 1 3/8″ Wheels
Frame no 62958P
Economy handlebar grips
1930s John Bull pedals
‘Wartime Finish’ bicycles are not military issue, but civilian models produced when there was a shortage of chrome parts.
Keen to get back into civilian bicycle production after World War 2, Raleigh brought out a basic model for the home market based on their pre-war sales line. I’ve not found a sales catalogue illustration of it. The 1939 Raleigh Dawn Safety has similar specification, with 22″ frame size, but the lugwork on the ‘Wartime Finish’ Raleigh is similar to the company’s sports models.
The economy style handlebar grips are interesting. Some ‘Wartime Finish’ bicycles had wooden pedal blocks, though this example is fitted with pre-war John Bull pedals. The paint is original, unrestored, with original transfers (decals) intact. It’s in good riding condition, with new tyres recently fitted.
1939 RALEIGH CATALOGUE
ECONOMY HANDLEBAR GRIPS
1946/1947 RALEIGH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
1930s JOHN BULL RUBBER PEDALS
‘WARTIME FINISH’ BICYCLES: RALEIGH v BSA
PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: TIDE MILLS, NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEX