That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about...these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars.These bikes were built to last 100 years, with reasonable care.The luxury "Superbe" models were very similar, except for the saddles, the use of a locking front fork, and the inclusion of a Dynohub lighting system. Coffee color w/bronze head tube, bronze panel on seat tube. Red "R" front axle nuts & seatpost bolt, but not on the cotters.(The Dynohub was also available as an extra-cost option on the Sports.) Lower end models, such as Dunelt, Phillips, Robin Hood, Triumph etc. Chainguard encircles chainring, bolted to tapped hole under bottom bracket. CPSC front reflector mount instead of lamp bracket.Actually, many well-known brands don't even do that; they order bicycle frames to be built to their specifications, with their name painted on, and equipped with parts from a variety of vendors.These companies are actually trading companies, even though their image is that of a manufacturer.Contemporary bicycles have many parts made of aluminum (or "aluminium," if you prefer) for lightness, strength and corrosion resistance.Contemporary bicycles that have steel rims, or cranks, or handlebars, or brakes do so as a way of cutting corners and saving a little bit of money, for a low-end bicycle.
These bicycles were not toys, and, despite the model name, they were not sporting equipment..were serious vehicles.
Raleigh, in its glory years (up into the 1960's) was the absolute opposite.