700 word piece by Carlton Reid is in The Guardian's 'Comment is free' section. PLUS: New Raleigh book tells all.

BikeBiz exec editor pens Raleigh comment piece for The Guardian

The likely sale of Raleigh to the Accell Group of the Netherlands is the subject of a comment piece in today’s Guardian newspaper.

Written by Carlton Reid, the executive editor of BikeBiz, the 700 word piece delves into the history of Raleigh and argues that Accell – should it be successful in its purchase – may ramp up the heritage aspect of the Raleigh brand.

Plus, if you’re interested in the long and often glorious history of Raleigh, you ought to get hold of a copy of Tony Hadland’s new book about the Nottingham company.

‘Raleigh: Past and Presence of an Iconic Bicycle Brand’ is a detailed and copiously illustrated book on all aspects of Raleigh over the past 125 years.

Hadland said: "The story of Raleigh is fascinating in many different respects — the people, the products, the production methods, and more. The personalities involved were many and various, ranging from the founder’s ambition to make the best bicycles money could buy, to anonymous ‘suits’ almost running the company into the ground from fancy offices in New York."

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