Founded by Richard Woodhead and Paul Angois in 1885, Raleigh is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. It became The Raleigh Cycle Company in 1888 when it was invested into by Frank Bowden and made into a Limited Company producing about 3 bicycles a week and employing 6 men, to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world by 1913. Between the wars
Raleigh produced bicycles, motorcycles and three-wheel cars. After WW2 Raleigh became best known for it’s lightweight sports roadster bicycles and started acquiring other brands like BSA, Phillips, Sun, Armstrong, Norman, Rudge, Hercules,and Triumph.
By 1960 Raleigh had 75% of the UK market and owned Brooks saddles and Sturmey Archer gear company.
With the purchase of Carlton Cycles of Worksop Raleigh had bought one of the largest lightweight racing frame specialists in the UK .
During the 1970s and 1980s Raleigh had much success on the Pro Tour circuit supplying bikes and running teams like TI-Raleigh, System U, Raleigh Banana, and Raleigh Panasonic.
By 1999 Raleigh was in difficulties and by 2003 Raleigh had sold Brooks and Sturmey Archer and all bicycle production had ceased in UK.
In 2012 the Raleigh brand was bought by Dutch company Accell.