One of the things I love about the old English bicycles are the really cool badges they all had. Here is a collection of some of these badges and a little info about the company:
Founded in 1887 and started with a small shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England. They would go on to buy up many of the other English bicycle makers and become the largest bike manufacturer in the world. In 1960 they were bought by Tube Investments and TI-Raleigh was formed.
Began manufacturing bicycles in 1894. This is the same company that would go on to make motorcycles and cars. The brand was sold to Raleigh in 1954 for bicycles.
The Birmingham Small Arms Company was founded 1861 and made bicycles, motorcycles, and firearms. It began making bicycles in 1880. In 1957 the bicycle business was sold to Raleigh.
Founded in 1910 on Coventry Street in Birmingham, England. They would be a huge competitor and made a more affordable bike than Raleigh. In 1960 it was merged with Raleigh and became one of their brands.
This one has a great badge, but I can’t find any history on it. It would eventually be a brand of Raleigh, but it likely has history before then like the others?
This brand was launched in the 1930s by Coventry-Eagle and was relaunched in the 1950s by British bicycle racer Ernie Clements. In 1995 the brand was sold to Tandem Group and still exists today.
Founded in 1898 by Fred Hanstock in Coarlton-in-Lindrick. Raleigh bought the company in 1960. Brand lived in different ways till 1985.
Thomas Humber made a velocipede for himself in 1868 and from that start he built his manufacturing business in Nottingham. His bikes were considered so high quality that they were called the aristocrat among bicycles. He retired in 1892, but the brand lived on long after. Raleigh bought the brand in 1932 and continued it as one of their premium brands into the 1960s.
Phillips Cycles Ltd “Renowned the World Over”. The exact founding date is elusive, but it appears to be late 1800s or early 1900s in Smethwick. For a time, they were the second largest bike manufacturer in Britain. In 1960 they were merged with Raleigh by Tube Investments. It appears the brand continued into the 1980s.
More to come….