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Peddling Dreams - The Raleigh Story

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:55 am    Post subject: Peddling Dreams - The Raleigh Story  Reply with quote

Great hour long docu on BBC4/ Iplayer about the history of the Raleigh company and how the cycling habits of the British public evolved over the last century, concluding with the demise of the vast factory in Nottingham and the generations of a community that worked there. Some cracking old cine camera footage of early cycling clubs and the rise of cycling as a sporting and leisure pursuit. I really enjoyed watching this. Very informative and inspiring listening to fellow cyclists about the freedom and joy of cycling and the people involved in Raleigh from the production line right up to the directors of the company.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08j8mvl
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I could figure out how to use a proxy server I'd watch that. Shane Meadows was meant to be doing a film about Tom Simpson but I've not heard anything about it for a while.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm more of a Sturmey Archer sort of bloke myself.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heyho wrote:
I'm more of a Sturmey Archer sort of bloke myself.


SA get a mention. Their parts were an important, er, part of British cycling.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed this, cheers Dock. My first proper bike was a Raleigh Record Ace. *fact*
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I''ll have to watch this. The Raleigh Chopper was the bike to have in the early seventies, and there's still a demand for them now.

Went down the pan like so many British brands. When I was in the bike workshop we got loads of them - mainly from the early 2000s. Made in Vietnam  I think. Cheap components and heavy duty steel tubing that weighed a ton.


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