I collect pre-1920s bicycles; I also buy and sell bicycles, mostly later ones. I try not to buy post-1920s bicycles for my own collection. But certain machines are so unique, iconic and rare that if I’ve previously made any rules …I must break them immediately. This Boss Bike is such a bike.
I found this fabulous shiny beast when I was sciving off my daily beach duty while on holiday with my wife and daughter in Mexico. In case you’ve not yet realised, I am an internet junky with a preference for vintage bicycles, and I am constantly plugged in to various worldwide sites, including American ebay. My compromise for a family holiday to a beach resort was a few hours each day in the internet area browsing on my ipad. This was Xmas 2011, and this Raleigh appeared on U.S ebay. After several messages to and fro, the deal was done. I paypalled funds and went back to help my daughter make a sandcastle. Oh I do so love the 21st century…
1978 Raleigh Superbe All-Chrome ‘Boss Bike’