Raleigh Recall

In the third and final instalment of the Raleigh mini-season, listeners to The Bike Show share their recollections of Raleigh bicycles they have loved – and loathed. Jack Thurston is joined by broadcaster and artist Ruby Wright and London man-about-town and Raleigh Twenty owner Jean-Marie Orhan. In a podcast-only bonus feature, Tony Hadland shares his thoughts on restoring old, neglected Raleigh bicycles.

Apologies to ‘Fun Run’ Robbie who is of course not ‘Fun Boy’ Robbie at all (or maybe he is?!) and yes, the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders is pronounced like this.

  • Ben

    I would like to share my recollection. My first real road bike was a Raleigh…I think it was the Grand Prix, but I could be wrong. I was 14, the year was 1987. I remember seeing it was made of “CroMoly” and being disappointed that it wasn’t steel. I spent a good bit of my spare cash upgrading the bike. For some reason I thought bright blue handlebar tape matched the dark green finish. I added toe clips and the latest technology – SunTour indexed bar end shifters. I rode it everywhere, including a 2-day 150 mile charity ride for MS. When I turned 16 and got my driver’s license, the bike seemed to take a back seat. I used it on occasion in college for transportation only. I caught the cycling bug again about 8 years ago. I have been thinking of adding a new bike for local trips with the kids and the possible work commute. After listening to your shows, I wandered over to the Raleigh (USA) website. This led me to my local Raleigh dealer, and I think a new Furley (single speed cross bike) is in my future. Ben, New Albany, Ohio, USA