Great documentary on the history of Raleigh bikes. Thanks for sharing!
watch before it gets yanked.
I don't think you have to worry about the video getting yanked; it's published under standard YouTube license.
Even putting up with the intermittent audio track,which is only the first few minutes (it gets better), it's a fascinating documentary of Raleigh's century-and-a-half history in England. A very entertaining and informative hour's watching!
I particularly enjoyed the part about the introduction of the Chopper!
According to this documentary, the Chopper was originally introduced in 1970. So mine couldn't be a '69 model, as I'd been told!
It also confirmed my belief that Raleigh had produced the Chopper
as a direct response to Schwinn's StingRay
,which was then being marketed in the UK as the Mustang
. That bike flopped in England, while the Chopper
couldn't really compete with the StingRay
in the US.
This video references a film, How A Bicycle Is Made
, produced in 1945. Made to promote cycling, it celebrates Raleigh's post-war return to bicycle production after six long years, working three shifts continuously, making munitions and parts for the war effort..
(It's just under 25 minutes long).