Retro raleighs dating
Frank Bowden, a recent convert to cycling who on medical advice had toured extensively on a tricycle, first saw a Raleigh bicycle in a shop window in Queen Victoria Street, London, about the time that William Ellis’s investment in the cycle workshop was beginning to take effect.″In the early part of 1887, while looking for a good specimen of the then new safety bicycle, I came across a Raleigh in London.Restoring old bikes for a new lease of life and a vintage look is great fun.Old bikes were built to last and with the addition of a few new buts they ride as smoothly as ever and nothing looks better than a classic Raleigh, that's been brought up to date with a fresh paint job.Like Woodhead and Angois, Ellis’s background was in the lace industry.He was a lace gasser, a service provider involved in the bleaching and treating of lace, with premises in nearby Clare Street and Glasshouse Street.Woodhead and Angois, the originators and makers of the Raleigh …″ It is clear from Frank Bowden’s own account that, although he bought a Raleigh ‘Safety’ in 1887, he did not visit the Raleigh workshop until autumn 1888.
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.He concluded that the company had a profitable future if it promoted its innovative features, increased its output, cut its overhead costs and tailored its products to the individual tastes and preferences of its customers.He bought out William Ellis’s share in the firm and was allotted 5,000 £1 shares, while Woodhead and Angois between them held another 5,000 shares.Unfortunately they can also be very hard to disassemble because of obsolete manufacturing techniques and stripping one down for a refurbished one can prove frustrating.
In 1887, Frank Bowden bought a bicycle on the recommendation of his physicians.So impressed with the bicycle, the wealthy businessman purchased the small bike shop, naming it the Raleigh Cycle Company, after the street in Nottingham, England, where it was located. Bowden grew his company into the largest manufacturer of 3-speed, utility roadster bicycles worldwide. Zimmerman was riding a 24 pound radical laced wheel Raleigh bicycle when he became Road Cycling Champion of the World.