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REG HARRIS SPORTIVE IN BURY THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

This August bank holiday plays host to the second annual Reg Harris Cyclosportive, where amongst hundreds of riders you’ll also find our Raleigh events team.slider_route_960x329 

As headline sponsors of the sportive we are proud to be supporting the charities and attending the event with a range of bikes to suit all interests and abilities.

If you’re in the area, be sure to come along and take a spin on our road bikes. We’ll have a wide selection on display including the incredibly versatile Revenio 3 Carbon, designed to withstand those tough endurance rides.

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We will also be showcasing bikes from the eBike range including our new ‘Cycle to Work’ friendly Velo Trail bike, a snip at £1000.

Come along and take the e-bike of your choice out around the grounds of the race HQ. Who knows, it might inspire you to be the next Reg Harris!

NEW RALEIGH CHOPPER EVOKES GOLDEN ERA OF MOTOR SPORT

Raleigh pays homage to icons of a golden era of motor sport with the latest limited edition Chopper.

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Featuring a small 16″ front wheel, 20″ back wheel, ape hanger bars, the new Chopper takes the basic components of the iconic British-designed bike and brings in some modern features like a denim fabric two-piece saddle, light weight aluminium frame and Shimano 6-speed chainset.

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But it’s the gloss black and gold leaf graphics that is the stand out feature of the new Raleigh Chopper, evoking sepia-tinged memories of Formula 1 motor racing.

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Big side burns, champagne-soaked podiums, BBC Grandstand, Murray Walker, burning rubber and big engines; these bad boys are set to tear up and down high streets this Autumn.

The 2015 Chopper follows in the wake of other classic Choppers including the original Mk 1 and Mk 2 Choppers of the 1970s, followed by several re-issues in the 2000s, including last year’s limited edition Beano special.

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Ben Hillsdon, Raleigh Marketing Manager said:

“Whether you’re young or old it’s hard not to be taken in by the charm of the Chopper.

“As soon as we saw the sleek black and gold leaf design of this year’s Chopper we knew we were onto a winner. This British cultural icon has bags of personality and we’re certain it will be an instant collector’s item.”

The 2015 Chopper is set to retail for £250 and can be ordered via any Raleigh stockist. Find your nearest stockist here.

MP KERRY MCCARTHY OPENS CYCLELIFE BRISTOL

With the recent announcement that under 40s in Bristol are switching cars for bikes, if the city needed further evidence of its rising cycling status then it’s the arrival of a Cyclelife store at the start of the Bristol-Bath Cycle Path.

To mark the store opening Team Raleigh’s professional cyclist Liam Stones was joined by Labour MP for Bristol East, MP Kerry McCarthy, Deputy Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury.

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The store sits in a 3000 sq ft site in one of the former Victorian soap factories just off the floating harbour in the city centre and promises the complete Raleigh cycling experience.

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Cyclelife Bristol will stock a full range of cycling products including  road, electric, leisure, kids and classic bikes, but also bikes from Haibike, Diamondback and Dahon, and a complete range of accessories.

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Much like the Raleigh brand, Cyclelife seeks to serve the whole cycling industry with enough performance gear to satisfy the hardcore elite and enough leisure bikes to satisfy the rest of the family.

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Talking at the opening, Cyclelife Bristol Director Shaun Butcher (pictured below, centre) said:

“We’ve got a first class shopping environment and we need to match that with our service. That’s why we’ve been at pains to stress our principle of getting the right bike for the right discipline, offering professional advice and excellent customer service.

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“The training and set up provided by Raleigh has been exemplary and the Cyclelife solution has helped us establish a retail premises on one of the most popular cycling routes in the country.”

Cyclelife Bristol are offering the following services:

  • ‘Try before you buy’ across a full range of bikes
  • Courtesy bikes for commuters available whilst your bike is booked in for service/repair
  • Recycle Scheme – dig out your old bike, bring it into Cyclelife and get a 10% discount off a new bike.  Your old bike will be re-worked and sent to Africa via the Re-Cycle charity.
  • Interest Free Credit
  • Coffee area

Find Cyclelife Bristol at Gardiner Haskins Home Centre, Broad Plains, Bristol, BS2 0JP.

RALEIGH’S ASS SAVERS SET TO HELP DEALERS’ BOTTOM LINES

Introducing Ass Savers – handy little friends for your backside

From Friday 1st August 2014 Raleigh’s Bike Parts division will be distributing the full range of Ass Savers mudguards to bicycle stores around the UK.

These clever little products, which come from design minds of a company in Gothenburg, Sweden, have taken the bike world by storm in the last two years, drawing high praise from across the globe.

Now with the help from Raleigh, Ass Savers can expect to attract a whole host of new fans in the UK. There are five models in the range to cater for all bike users, from roadies to mountain bikers.

  • The Ass Savers Original is the smallest model that will fold up under your saddle so when it’s dry it won’t spoil the sleek look of your road bike.
  • The  Ass Savers Extended shares the same technology as the Original but has been designed for the rider who desires extra coverage of their derrière musclé.
  • The Ass Savers Wide is a mountain bike specific model designed to protect your back side while you shred single track.
  • Ass Savers even do two Brooks versions to cater for narrow and wide saddle options.

All the models can be installed in seconds and require no tools to fit almost all saddles with standard rails.

Ass Savers brand manager Bryan Harris said: “I’m thrilled to be launching Ass Savers because they produce some of the coolest minimalistic mudguards on the planet. I’ve long been a fan and we know there’s a lot of demand for these pocket-size protective guards.”

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Click here to buy Ass Savers products under the Mudguards category on Raleigh’s website here.

Create your own

Raleigh is also offering a custom graphics option so you can create a bespoke version for your cycling club or shop. For more details contact Raleigh Product Manager bryanharris@raleigh.co.uk.

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Availability

Ass Savers mudguards can be ordered through any Raleigh stockist. Find your nearest here.

If you are interested in stocking Ass Savers please contact your local Raleigh Bike Parts account manager or contact Raleigh directly on 01773 532600.

SPONSORSHIP FOR 2015? RALEIGH CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

If you’ve got big cycling ambitions Raleigh wants to hear from you.

Following the launch of our 2015 range of road bikes, we are once again looking for a talented pool of athletes to achieve great things on our bikes.

Raleigh Rider Support Programme

Whether you’re looking to become an elite road or track racer, time trialist, a long-distance endurance athlete, cyclocross star, or you can simply wow people with your singlespeed skills, this is your chance to show us what you can do.

Our support package will depend on the type of riding you do but it will include at least one racing bike for the year plus a selection of components and accessories from our brand partners.

Applicants must be 14 or over and will receive bikes and equipment, as well as a boost to their public profile that comes from being associated with one of the most well-respected brands in cycling.

Ben Hillsdon, Raleigh Marketing Manager. “Through this programme we’re able to support local cyclists and grassroots cycling and invest back into the cycling community, all of which is very important to us.

“We’re looking for talented people with the passion, drive, and above all, the right personality to make it onto our Rider Support programme. If you think that’s you, or you know someone that fits the bill, we want to hear from you.”

How to apply:

If you think you’ve got what it takes to ride for Raleigh, simply head to the application page here to find out more and fill in the application form.

The application period will end on Sunday October 5th 2014 with successful riders being informed in November.

Essential criteria:

Riders must…

  • be 14 years or over as of 1st January 2015
  • be UK based have demonstrable race results from 2014
  • have an outline race calendar for 2015
  • be a member of a cycling team or club
  • commit to providing written and photographic reports on a regular basis
  • have permission of a parent or guardian if under 18

 

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