Nottingham, England

Updated 5.29.2010                   Click small images for larger view

1936 Cycling

The Raleigh girl!

    Raleigh was a huge and important maker for 100 years, at times being the largest producer of bicycles in the world. Part of the Raleigh heritage is being part of a shared ownership with Sturmey Archer, Brooks  and TI Reynolds ....

1936 Cycling cover

Alan Teichman's Dad's  1937 Golden Arrow

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1950's "Record Ace"

Model "Lenton"

Ilkston Workshop ...
frame building

1953 "Record Ace"
Pictures courtesy Hilary Stone

   

The Blue Streak
 

      "In 1960 Raleigh brought out the five or ten-speed Blue Streak to push sales in the teenage sports enthusiast sector. Complete with twin bar mounted bottles it certainly was popular!"

       "It took the name from the UK Government ballistic missile project that started development in 1954. Blue Streak was part of the British effort to become the third World power in the Cold War arms race. It was a vain attempt to construct a missile that could head East without resorting to buying Thor / Atlas missiles off-the-shelf. Interestingly 6 years and 60m later it was abandoned - the same year that Raleigh launched their own project "Blue Streak" (but at least it crossed continents.)"  
  
Bob Reid

This may be an interim model with Raleigh head badge
but Carlton transfers on the down tube


 Charlie Young's 1963 Gran Sport

 
    
      


Model RSW, intended to compete with Moulton.


Greg Parker's 1969 Professional

        


Model Competition, which used a smattering of Zeus components...

      
        


Raleigh "Firebird" lady's bike

             


The web master's 1973 model RRA, featuring mostly French components.
This is said to have come into being as a result of a Campagnolo factory strike.
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Web master's 1973 Pro Track



                               


Larry Black's 1974 Pro

          


Charlie Conner's 1977 Pro
(15 picture gallery)
  


Mike Dempster's 1978 Professional Mk V, serial number SB904

        
            
        


Hugh Thornton's 1978 Raleigh Team Pro SB3811
Ilkeston Built, Reynolds 753, Original Finish - Only ridden a few hundred miles
Campagnolo Super Record Group, Cinelli Bars and Stem

                             


Raleigh Team Pro circa 1980s.
Photos courtesy Tony Brown

  
        


Beautiful dark blue Reynolds 753 pro bike...

             

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