Raleigh (part one): The Rise

In the first of a two-part feature on the Raleigh Bicycle Company, historian Tony Hadland and Jack Thurston chart the rise of the company from a small backstreet workshop in Nottingham in the mid-1880s to the mid-1950s when it was seemingly unassailable as the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturer.

Tony Hadland is the author of Raleigh: Past and Presence of an Iconic Bicycle Brand.

  • http://twitter.com/herdingbats Herding Bats

    This is great listening! My main bike the past couple of months (until a somewhat calamitous ride last Thursday) has been my folding Twenty, but it all took on a new and somewhat melancholy angle when I re-read Alan Sillitoe’s Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, where the Raleigh factory is just that stinking bicycle factory that you’re going to grow up to work in unless you punk your way out of it. Thanks!

  • Goalpoacher

    Really enjoyed this. I hadn’t known so much about Raleigh and how they started before. Unfortunately I’ve got to sell my 70′s Grifter. If you’re interested it’s here – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131043819743?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649