Thursday, February 09, 2012

Raleigh wrenches remain nameless

These two Raleigh wrenches or spanners, similar but not the same, were made in quantity to fit the old Raleigh steel bicycles of our youth. Doubtless thousands of them have been discarded by folk puzzled by their function and having no further use for the strange sizes (in a metric world gone mad). Typically they have no branding to link them to Raleigh from an era lacking in marketing savvy.
Today they are a delightful reminder of when Nottingham boasted the biggest bicycle factory in the world and a Sturmey-Archer four-speed took this schoolboy to school.
Pic by RLT.

1 comment:

YMGW said...

Collection-wise, have bicycle multi-spanners taken over from Pyrex?