Is Raleigh pioneer a good bike?

Despite a few niggles, the Pioneer was a great bike to cruise through town on. The hub-gears and hydraulic brakes are low maintenance and good value given the £649 price tag. Confident handling and a sleek aesthetic make this laid-back town bike ideal for urban commuting.

Where are Raleigh bikes made today?

the UK
Raleigh Bicycles may be British born, but it’s been well over 10 years since its bikes have been made or assembled in the UK.

How do I read my Raleigh serial number?

Serial numbers should begin with a “W”, which stands for Worksop, the facility that produced these frames. This is followed by another alphabet. This alphabet indicates the fortnight in which the frame was built (i.e. A = 1st fortnight, B = 2nd, etc.). The third character is always a numeral.

What kind of bike is a Raleigh pioneer?

Hybrids, or city bikes as they were first called, were a fairly new marketing niche and for a few years the public gobbled them up. By pure luck the Pioneer was a decent ride for the money, and the range was latterly expanded to include 501 frames as well.

Why did I get a refund on my pioneer trail bike?

One is a Pioneer Trail from the 90s. I (stupidly) took it to Halfords for a ‘service’ and they totally buggered it up. I got a refund, but the gears aren’t working properly. It needs fixing. The other one is one I bought because I was caught without a bike.

Where did the Raleigh bike brand come from?

As iconic a bike brand as any, Raleigh are also an icon of British engineering. Everyone knows the Raleigh bikes range. The Raleigh Bicycle Company began life in 1885, when Richard Woodhead and Paul Angois set up a small bike workshop on Raleigh Street, Nottingham.

Is the Raleigh pioneer worth holding on to?

It won’t be butted or anything like that so won’t be overly light but it is perfectly serviceable. My 1950s Raleigh in 18-23 rides very nicely. I have the womens version of the Raleigh Pioneer Venture that I bought from new in the early nineties. All original except the saddle and probably done no more than 3 or 4 hundred miles tops.