Dating a raleigh bicycle
A Raleigh Superbe is surely the most practical vintage bicycle to own and use on a regular basis.Comprehensive records of Raleigh frame numbers is another very useful factor: you can check the age of your Raleigh at the bottom of this page.In October 1960, a licensing agreement was drawn up allowing Raleigh to make the new, small-wheeled, unisex, dual-suspension Moulton bicycle.
The name of its budget range, launched in 1938 as Gazelle, was changed to Robin Hood, and Raleigh acquired Rudge-Whitworth.
This led Raleigh in 1958 to resume moped production and later to launch a motor scooter.
More significantly, during this period Raleigh acquired two major rival groups: Triumph and Three Spires in 1954, and BSA (including New Hudson and Sunbeam) in 1957.
Raleigh itself was then taken over by Tube Investments (TI), whose British Cycle Corporation owned Phillips, Hercules, Norman and Sun.
The effect of these mergers was that Raleigh’s sales figures showed a slight upward trend during most of the 1950s.