This bicycle was hand built in Sheffield England, in the Raynal motorworks factory, the parent company of Dunelt which was purchased by Tube Investments in 1950 for the Dunelt Cycles brand name (it wasn't until the later 1960's when manufacturing was taken over by Raleigh and production was moved to Nottingham, these bikes also bore Nottingham on their head badge which this particular model does not).
Produced during the heyday of British steel lightweights Dunelt was one of the premier British brands, both in the cycling and motorcycle world. This model was most likely on the upper end of Dunelts model line as it not only bears the traditions Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed internally geared rear hub (also manufactured in England) but is spec'd with a fully Sturmey Archer Dyno front hub and light set (all parts dating to 1964), and Sturmey Archer grips/twistgrip shifter (as apposed to the trigger model you would find on most Raleigh models).
The black vinyl saddle appears to be a Martin springer saddle, and the remaining small parts on the bicycle are typical of a TI companies British lightweight (most likely these parts were manufactured by Phillips). The paint and decals have a nice patina and the seat tube decals in particular are quite intricate, running along the top tube is the marketing slogan "Ride Awheel on Sheffield Steel."
This bicycle has been professionally tuned by one of shops mechanics and once re-assemble post shipment should be ready to ride (notably the Dyno hub is still functional and both front and rear lights work, although would not be considered particularly bright by modern standards). Please see photographs for details.
|Country of Origin||England|
|Used or New||Used|