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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.During the Second World War (1939-45), Raleigh concentrated on munitions work.The name of its budget range, launched in 1938 as Gazelle, was changed to Robin Hood, and Raleigh acquired Rudge-Whitworth.

And for those of us who collect ‘old black bikes’ Raleigh provided a wonderful supply and variety.In 1951, Raleigh produced more than a million cycles.But between 19, as increasingly prosperous consumers abandoned the cycle in favour of the car, cycle sales in the UK halved.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.

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