“Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story” is an hour-long documentary that tells the story of the Raleigh Bicycle Company from its humble beginnings in Nottingham in 1888 and through to the modern era. Watch it here…
Today’s random YouTube find is an exceptionally well-made 2017 documentary that chronicles Raleigh’s journey from a tiny bike company in a back alley in Nottingham at the tail end of the 1800s to becoming the largest bike manufacturer in the world, including its many ups and downs along the way. It mixes interviews with a variety of characters and an assortment of archive footage to help weave the iconic British company’s storied history together. You can enjoy the full video below:
From the BBC’s summary of the video: “Meet the people who rode and raced them, the workers who built them and the dealers who sold them. Find out how cycling saved the life of Raleigh’s founder, discover the technological advances behind the company’s success and join Raleigh bike riders who recall epic adventures far and wide.
Along the way, the programme takes viewers on a journey back to cycling’s golden age – rediscover the thrill of learning to ride your first bike and find out what went on inside the Raleigh factory, where the company’s craftsmen produced some of Britain’s most iconic bikes.
Finally, the documentary reveals what went wrong at Raleigh – the battles it had with its rivals, the controversy behind the design of the Chopper and the effect the closure of its factories had on its loyal workers. This is the extraordinary untold story of the rise and fall of Raleigh bikes.”
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