Raleigh is one of the oldest and most accomplished cycling brands in the world, with over 125 years of experience in the industry, producing the best value for money bikes available. Check out the awesome range of Raleigh cycling products and bikes from a great variety of retailers and private sellers, at BikeExchange.
Founded in 1888 by Frank Bowden, Richard Woodhead and Paul Angois, Raleigh Bicycle Company began in the Nottinghamshire of UK. Whilst only starting out as a small bike shop, by 1913 Raleigh would eventually become the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world. Raleigh was producing over 60,000 bikes per year in 1932 and in the 50’s production was over 1 million.
It wasn’t until 1982 that Huffy incorporated purchased Raleigh USA. Huffy were given rights to manufacture and distribute Raleigh throughout the United States while Raleigh UK was distributing to the rest of the world.
Over the years the company has changed hands multiple times, ending up being acquired by the Dutch group, Accell in 2012.
Raleigh has a huge range of old and new style bikes available on the market. Whether you’re looking for a Kids Bike, Mountain Bike, Vintage or Cruiser, there will always be suitable Raleigh bikes available.
The Raleigh chopper was one of the most renowned kids bike models of the 70’s. The chopper had an unusual design with different sized front and rear wheels, as well as high handlebars and a backrest on the seat. Reminiscent of a typical dragster, these unordinary design features were loved by consumers, eventually selling 1.5 million bikes.
While the chopper was potentially the product, which saved Raleigh through the tough times of the automotive boom, Raleigh also produced smaller versions of the chopper such as the tomahawk and chipper, suitable for younger and smaller riders.
Raleigh has had many relationships with teams and athletes over the past century. Through the 1970’s and 80’s, Raleigh sponsored TI-Raleigh, a successful Dutch track and road cycling team, home of Joop Zoetemelk, who rode to victory in the 1980 Tour de France aboard a Raleigh road frame.
Fast forward to today, Raleigh is head sponsor of Team Raleigh, which is a UCI Continental professional cycling team, based in the UK.
At our massive online marketplace, you will find a huge range of independent dealers stocking Raleigh bikes suited to all riders. You can choose to ‘Click & Collect’ the bike in store, or ‘Buy Online’ and save time, opting to have your new bike delivered directly to your door.
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