Raleigh bikes

And now for some vintage bikes. Raleigh is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world, very British, established in 1887 in Raleigh Street, Nottingham. On the short list of bicycles I still want to own are their Twenty folder and the Lady Sport, both of which are thought to be very solid choices for a vintage bike purchase.  If you watch "Downton Abbey" or "Call the Midwife", chances are you've seen a character riding a Raleigh. Here are a few nice ones. They can still be found on eBay and other second-hand markets.

 Vintage Raleigh bicycle poster, date unknown

Vintage Raleigh bicycle poster, date unknown

 Raleigh Superbe

Raleigh Superbe

1972 Raleigh Ladies' Sport via flickr

"My new/old Raleigh mixte. It was a custom build based on a few bikes I had seen (and swooned over). Ace to ride, and really fast and light. Best thing I own. :) " —LaurenRoseUK on flicker

Ad for the Raleigh Twenty, the small-wheeled folder

Raleigh Twenty folder

Raleigh RSW, the shopper bike introduced to compete with the Moulton in the 60s The wheels are 16" via

A beautifully restored Raleigh sport  via

1936 Raleigh Ladies' Roadster via

 1936 Gentleman's Roadster  via

1936 Gentleman's Roadster via