Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .
Over the years I have seen a few of these go through my hands . And I think it is fair to say that this one is the tidiest one so far.
They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike . With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .
With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.
Raleigh branded mechanisms front and rear mated to Suntour power shifters allows for nice easy gear changes once you remember that the front one works in the opposite direction .
All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era.