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.

2 Responses to Raleigh (part one): The Rise

  1. Herding Bats October 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    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!

  2. Goalpoacher November 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    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

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