Got a picture of yourself with a Raleigh? Help iconic British brand celebrate its 125th birthday

Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Cliff Richard and Jackie Collins have uploaded theirs - time to dig the photos out of the shoebox...

by Simon_MacMichael   March 5, 2012  

Simon on Raleigh Chopper

It’s a pretty safe bet that many of you would have got your first taste of the freedom that riding a bicycle brings on one made by Raleigh. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Nottingham-based brand is inviting Raleigh riders, past and present, to send in their own pictures showing them with their pride and joy to an online gallery that will help celebrate that landmark.

If you’re able to dig out a picture of yourself and upload it to the Me & My Raleigh microsite, you’ll be joining some famous names, ranging from four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy to novelist Jackie Collins and singer Sir Cliff Richard, as well as a whole host of other people united by one thing – they all rode a Raleigh bike at some point.

There’s no reason to feel shy about it, either – if I’m brave enough to make public the picture above of mid-1970s me with long hair and flares (before I discovered punk, in short) striking a pose on a Raleigh Chopper, there’s no reason for anyone else to be embarrassed.

According to Raleigh’s Marketing Director Geoff Giddings, “Not a month goes by when we don’t hear about a shop or a private collector with a small horde of Raleigh bikes on display somewhere.

“We know there is a big demand to see our vintage bikes and our more recent ranges so, in our 125th year, we wanted to design a platform where people could share pictures of their Raleigh bikes.”

The image gallery is fully searchable, enabling you to quickly find pictures of iconic models down the years, and all entries during the year will be entered into draw for prizes including a limited edition 125th anniversary book signed by Raleigh-GAC riders.

While the company’s 1950s heyday is long behind it – mass manufacture of frames in the UK ended in 1999, with assembly moving abroad four years later – it remains a major force in the UK cycle market, owning and distributing brands including Diamondback.

Raleigh dealerships throughout Britain will also be participating in the Me & My Raleigh initiative, including taking pictures of customers who have bought current models with their bikes.

One, Les Hudson of Hudson Cycles, Rossington, South Yorkshire, commented: “This is a great celebration of Raleigh’s heritage and we’re proud to be taking part. We’ll be offering our customers the chance to get involved with this because it helps promote our store and offers customers the chance to get involved in 125 years of heritage – something most other bike brands can’t offer.”

Full details of other initiatives that celebrate Raleigh’s 125th anniversary can be found on the company’s website.

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I'd say you're scoring pretty high on the 70s cool-o-meter there Simon.

My first bike was a Raleigh… something we just called 'em by the wheelsize so a Raleigh 20 followed by a drop bar Raleigh Hustler in green and gold… obv being the 70s after a couple of years i fitted some chopper ape hanger bars and a chopper style seat. Didn't handle quite the same after that.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
5th March 2012 - 23:30

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Should that not be "My Raleigh and I"

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posted by lostinfrance [14 posts]
6th March 2012 - 8:40

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Think my mum has a picture of me on Christmas day with a Raleigh Sensor - I was about 9 - it was a white steel road bike with 10 gears and a computer mounted in a chunky plastic housing where the top tube meets the headset/stem. I remember clocking 21mph and being scared of going any faster! Big Grin

I'll have to find the pic.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
6th March 2012 - 10:22

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lostinfrance wrote:
Should that not be "My Raleigh and I"

Only if you are the queen.

Must have a picture of my Raleigh Burner somewhere...

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posted by joemmo [694 posts]
6th March 2012 - 10:58

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joemmo wrote:
lostinfrance wrote:
Should that not be "My Raleigh and I"

Only if you are the queen.

Must have a picture of my Raleigh Burner somewhere...

The queen had a Raleigh Walter.

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
6th March 2012 - 11:21

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joemmo wrote:
The queen had a Raleigh Walter.

Applauds

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posted by Joselito [118 posts]
6th March 2012 - 11:26

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My son's pic is on there now showing him on his first proper bike, about to get some air.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
6th March 2012 - 12:05

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my first proper bike was an RSW14, i don't think a daguerreotype of me and it exists

there may be a picture of me wanting a Raleigh Grifter though

posted by VecchioJo [722 posts]
6th March 2012 - 12:18

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The only bike shop in the area sold Raleigh and nothing else so I always had Raleigh bikes from the age of six upwards - Chico, Tomahawk, Hunter(? 3-speed racer), Olympus and finally a Record Sprint for my 18th.

But my parents never thought to take any photographs Sad

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posted by Simon E [1779 posts]
6th March 2012 - 12:46

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My first bike was an Argyle racer that was too big for me and I still have it. Argyle was a Scottish bike factory based in Glasgow and made top end racers.

posted by brandobiker [22 posts]
8th March 2012 - 1:15

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