The RSW was Raleigh’s answer to the Moulton’s Stowaway. The RSW came out in ’65 or ’66, a few years before the Raleigh Twenty made its debut. There were apparently two versions of the RSW. One with a dynamo hub and lights and the version I have. They originally came with white Dunlop tires, white pedals, grips and mattress saddle. This particular bicycle was purchased new from Hall Bicycle, a 100+ year-old shop up the road in Cedar Rapids.
I’m not sure what to do with it. I figure it'll make a great bike to loan out for short rides downtown, etc. I'd like to ride it too, which may be a tall order. So far, I’ve made a couple of changes to try to get it to accommodate my freakish 6’6” frame. I added a longer seatpost (400mm) and modified the handlebars to bring them up several inches. But it still seems a bit small.
Anyway, one of the more fascinating things about this diminutive survivor is the tartan bag (I guess it’s not surprising that I would find the bag interesting). This particular bag is pretty tattered; after all it’s 46 years old. But the design is really inspired. It’s huge, but nicely contoured to provide heel clearance. What’s really nice is the bag/rack integration. The bottom of the bag has brackets designed for the rack. And the rear of rack is spring loaded and draws back like a drawstring on a bow. You simply pull the rear of the rack back, drop the bag in place and let the rack snap shut around the brackets... very slick.