This Raleigh is a wonderful example of an early 1930s ‘down sloper’. The thinking behind the sloping top tube design was to give the rider a more aggressive position on the bicycle and thus allow for more spirited riding. This one is in a very original state with the paintwork showing plenty of signs of age, but displaying them with pride. The frame is in good condition, with some surface rust present, but plenty of paint patina. The Raleigh head badge is in excellent condition and there are no dents or dings to any of the tubing. All the Raleigh components are in nice original condition and point to a machine that rides fantastically well. The build quality of the parts from this era is really astonishing, with everything designed to go on and on. Out on the road the riding position is quite stately, with the handlebars positioned perfectly allowing total control and quick changes of direction with ease. You sit just behind the bottom bracket so your legs can push down and forward in the pedal stroke and this lets you accelerate smoothly and push on nicely. Overall, its just a really wonderful machine from a bygone era!