Founded in 1885, Raleigh Bicycles got its start when Richard Woodhead and French immigrant Paul Eugene Louis Angois, set up a small bicycle shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, UK. The company was incorporated in 1888 when the shop was acquired by Frank Bowden. By 1913, Raleigh was the biggest bicycle company in the world.
Raleigh is the oldest bicycle brand in the world. From 1921 through 1935, the company also produced motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles.
By 2003, assembly of bicycles had ended in the UK , and bicycles were to come “from Vietnam and other centres of ‘low-cost, high-quality’ production.” The final assembly takes place in Germany.
The corporate office for Raleigh Bicycles in the USA is located in Kent, Washington.