The Raleigh Cycle Co take a foremost place, and their models for 1915 will, at least, show improvements in detail, if not in the broad lines of construction …A most interesting new model is a well-designed military bicycle enamelled all over in black or service colour. This machine is fitted with service gun clips, and with special carriers back and front which have been subjected to severe weight-carrying tests, each is capable of supporting an average man. It is a utility machine which seems assured of much favour during the next few years.
– Cycling Magazine, Page 448; 3rd December, 1914
1914 Raleigh Military Model with Rifle Mounts
Frame No 347979
Brooks B33 Saddle
Brooks Army Cycle Toolbag
Raleigh Script Toolbag & Inflator Pump
This Raleigh with military fittings is a particularly rare machine because it is a 28″ tall frame. Standard issue was a 24″ frame but, upon enlistment, officers and men could order a bicycle according to their own requirements from the main manufacturers, with the option of paying by hire purchase. There were many Volunteer Cyclist Corps and most of the cyclists used their own bicycles. If their own was not suitable for heavy duty use, they ordered a new machine for war duty.
Standing head and shoulders (handlebar and saddle?) above the crowd, this 28″ frame All-Steel Raleigh is a very impressive piece of military equipment. It is in very good original unrestored condition, with original box lining and Raleigh transfers on the headstock and rear mudguard. The ‘All Steel’ script transfer on the down tube is extremely faded, but can just be seen. It has been serviced mechanically and is ready to silently scout country lanes in occupied territory to report on enemy positions.
This machine was purchased by the film director Sir Peter Jackson in New Zealand and used for his WW1 display there.
WW1 RALEIGH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS