Raleigh Bikes’ long, strange ride

Raleigh has been around since 1885, right around when the “safety bicycle” first hit the scene. This would be the style of bicycle you are used to today, two wheels of the same or very similar size, with chain or belt drive. All this in contrast to the penny farthing, a decidedly dangerous bike, no matter how grown and twisted your moustache.

We recently covered a great book which can lead you right down the path of cycling history, where you can learn all about the development of our favorite form of transport.

Anyway, this video came across our desktop after being shared by a friend who saw it at Bikepacking.com – we love their work, btw. It’s a story about Raleigh, put together as a documentary by the BBC. Even if you’ve never owned a Raleigh, you’ll learn about the rise of one of the world’s most famous bicycle brands through the different stages of cycling.

Set aside an hour, watch it, and take a pedal. You will appreciate the bike even more after this.

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