Last Wednesday, I was rear-ended. My trunk, bumper and bike rack are all toast. Fortunately, there were no bikes on the rack at the time. I escaped with a mild concussion and some back aches. But once again, there would be no bike riding this weekend.
The Raleigh proposed an alternative… why not show the world what it had been up to, pre-2009, when I purchased the bike? After seeing The Raleigh’s vintage snapshots, I agreed that this would be an amusing alternative.
So without further ado:
The 1969 Raleigh Sports: A Historical Retrospective
1969 was a big year for The Raleigh. In addition to being built at the factory in Nottingham, The Raleigh became the First Bicycle to Roll on the Moon.
The Raleigh soon traveled to America, where it witnessed some significant historical events.
And quickly became a part of the cultural lexicon.
The Raleigh has some serious disco style.
Back in England, political developments were making The Raleigh uncomfortable. It’s known for its populist political views, you know.
So The Raleigh spent most of the 80’s partying in a drug-fueled haze, unfortunately. I don’t even want to talk about the “home videos” with Emilio and Judd.
The 90’s brought back a certain retro aesthetic, which made The Raleigh fashion-forward all over again. By this point, The Raleigh was clean and sober, unless one considers an addiction to Snapple to be an issue.
In fact, some might say that The Raleigh was “King of the World.” A brief sojourn by boat returned The Raleigh to American shores.
That’s it for tonight, folks. Perhaps The Raleigh will reveal more exciting excursions another time.