Retro Video: How A Raleigh Bicycle Is Made – in 1945

Filmed at the firm’s Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham factories, their resident historian (and HR Manager) Frank Ellis told BikeBiz the bike featured in the film was a “Low Gravity Carrier”, or what’s called a Butcher Bike today.

Comments

uglyyeti - 05/11/12 - 9:26am

That was awesome.

EthanM - 05/11/12 - 10:06am

sure are some neat pedal-cranks. i wish my pedal-cranks looked as good as those pedal-cranks. but seriously, A+ video i love it. Any chance schwinn made one?

Denverbiker - 05/11/12 - 10:16am

This is why OSHA was formed. Not to mention child labor laws. Incredible to see the fumes and chemical exposures these people took everyday at work. Great vid. I expected Abbot and Costello to jump out at any moment.

alloycowboy - 05/11/12 - 2:13pm

Finally, I now understand why the bottom braket is called the bottom braket! It was orginally a lugged bracket!

Collin - 05/11/12 - 7:58pm

Welding without glasses, dipping hands in paints/solvents ect. Wow. But the actual content of the video is great. I’m going to have to sent this my former Materials engineering professor/bike nerd. He’d love this.

Speedy - 05/11/12 - 11:08pm

huuhh huhhuh huuhhhhh, he said Spindle Whole!

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