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Raleigh Road Bike History

vintage raleigh road bike   Raleigh Road BikesIn 1977, there was an ad for Raleigh road bikes which went like this: “Presenting the traffic-beating, mind-blowing, body-building, shop-hopping, fare-saving, Tour-de-France-winning, boot-fitting, rip-roaring bike. The advertisement’s tagline may be a mouthful, but it definitely reflected the path that the company manufacturing the original Raleigh road bike took – which is to be one of the best bicycle producers in the world. Up to now, they are living up to this reputation, being one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world.

What started out as a company manufacturing a mere three bicycles a week has expanded to become one of the most well-known brands in the world. That’s exactly how Raleigh road bikes came about. The company Raleigh Bicycles was founded way back in 1887 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. There was a period in the Raleigh road bikes history when the company produced three-wheel cars and motorcycles, which led to the formation of the Reliant Company.

Frank Bowden is the man behind the company of Raleigh road bikes, who purchased a then-small bike shop in the United Kingdom. After only forty years, the Raleigh road bike manufacturing process went from a small number to about 100,000 units annually. One of the most interesting periods in the long history of Raleigh is from the 1950s to the 1980s. It was in the 1960s that the company was acquired by the Tube Investment Group, forming the TI-Raleigh company. It was during the acquisition that the company went from churning out run-of-the-mill bikes to high-quality Raleigh road bikes. Raleigh’s reputation for building strong road bikes was further cemented with the success of Joop Zoetemelk in the 1980 Tour de France.

raleigh road bikes grand   Raleigh Road BikesA few more challenges in running the company followed – and they once again gained their former glory when Raleigh acquired so many brands in the early 1990s. In 1991, Raleigh introduced their first hybrid bicycle – a cross between a Raleigh road bike and a Raleigh mountain bike. The new century proved to be another hurdle for Raleigh to pass because of a decline in production. Naturally, the higher ups would like to maintain the integrity and history behind the Raleigh road bikes brand so they continued production despite having to outsource and cut production costs.