Raleigh Bicycle Company
Raleigh is one of the world's oldest and best known bike brands. Established in 1887 in Nottingham England, we’re still based in our home town. Chances are that you rode a Raleigh when you were younger - and maybe you still do now.
We're renowned for our iconic bikes such as the Burner, Grifter and Chopper, as well as cutting-edge bikes like TI-Raleigh Tour-de-France-winning 753 steel frames. Our bike design and wheel building still happen at our Head office in Nottingham and it is a tradition that will continue for many years to come.
We're now part of the Accell Group, a European-based company who own a collection of Bicycle and Accessory brands throughout Europe and North America. Our partnership with Accell Group allows us to share knowledge, technology and innovations between these brands to deliver the best possible product for our customers.
Raleigh was founded in 1887 by Sir Frank Bowden. Bowden had discovered a love for cycling after experiencing its health benefits first hand after a spell of bad health.
Raleigh bicycles - a history in pictures
The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a bicycle manufacturer based in Nottingham, England. Founded by Woodhead and Angois in 1885, who used Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. Wikipedia
Founded: December 1888, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Headquarters: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Founders: Sir Frank Bowden, 1st Baronet, Paul Eugene Louis Angois, Paul Angois, Richard Morriss Woodhead
Parent organization: Accell Group
Subsidiary: Raleigh America, Inc.
The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a bicycle manufacturer based in Nottingham, England. Founded by Woodhead and Angois in 1885, who used Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. After being acquired by Frank Bowden, it became The Raleigh Cycle Company in December 1888, which was registered as a limited liability company in January 1889. By 1913, it was the biggest bicycle manufacturing company in the world. From 1921 to 1935, Raleigh also produced motorcycles and three-wheel cars, leading to the formation of the Reliant Company. The Raleigh division of bicycles is currently owned by the Dutch corporation Accell.
In 2006, the Raleigh Chopper was named in the list of British design icons in the Great British Design Quest organised by the BBC and the Design Museum.