Gallery: 125 Years of Raleigh Bicycles

Posted on November 4, 2011

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The history of cycling, some might say, begins on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England –home to a small workshop that once produced three diamond-frame bicycles per week.

1900 Raleigh Superbe Gents Crossframe. Photo: oldbike.eu

1900 Raleigh Superbe Gents Crossframe. Photo: oldbike.eu

What first started as an investment project for a successful lawyer in the late-1880s, The Raleigh Cycle Company grew into a family-owned global-leading bicycle company by the 1920s.

1900. Raleigh owner Frank Bowden (on left). Photo: oldbike.eu

1900. Raleigh owner Frank Bowden (on left). Photo: oldbike.eu

POV: By 1925, the company had manufactured just under one million bicycles. In 1951, Raleigh produced more than one million cycles.

1910 Raleigh Emancipation 1, aka. 1910 Raleigh Ladies Light-Weight No. 17. Photo: oldbike.eu

1910 Raleigh Emancipation 1, aka. 1910 Raleigh Ladies Light-Weight No. 17. Photo: oldbike.eu

Fast forward one heavy-hitting century later, laden with recessions, depressions, transportations movements, wars and famines, Raleigh has seen the bicycle come and go –and come and go, again– in popularity as a stylish, modern and practical mode of transport.

1969 Professional. Photo: infobarrel.com

1969 Professional. Photo: infobarrel.com

For anyone who collects or simply appreciates the bicycle, either in its vintage or cutting-edge molds, be thankful that Raleigh stuck with it through the years.

2012 Raleigh Clubman. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Raleigh Clubman. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

Check out this gallery, which features some iconic frames of the past, as well as the 2012 Raleigh line.

GALLERY: 125 Years of Raleigh Cycles

Justin Gural is a contributor and editor at VentureThere.com, a member of USA TODAY’s Travel Alliance which covers adventure sports, active travel and the outdoor lifestyle.

In a perfect world, my Raleigh quiver might go a little something like this…

2012 Furley. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Furley. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Detour City Sport, Brooks Edition. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Detour City Sport, Brooks Edition. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Talus 29 Carbon Pro. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

2012 Talus 29 Carbon Pro. Photo: Raleigh Bicycles

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