Raleigh Bikes 2010 Steel Preview

Raleigh’s Brian Fornes stopped by the Bike Hugger HQ this week to show off a few of the new bikes set to hit the scene in 2010. We took the Alley Way and the Gridlock out for a spin on a nice Seattle afternoon and really like what we saw.

Alley Way

Raleigh was once the gloried king of U.K. cycling, with a reputation for crafting high-quality bikes that lasted for ages. (In my basement, in fact, I have a Raleigh woman’s framed 3-speeder with a Strurmey Archer three-speed that’s in perfect shape, despite having thirty or so years under its belt.)

After changing hands a few times, Raleigh bikes are still durable, though they’re less in vogue than they were in the heyday of the British cycling revolution.

That’s a shame because the bikes have always packed a great value for the dollar (or the pound, depending) and bikes like the Alley Way and the Gridlock show that the company is still knocking out some classy bikes at a great price point.

The Alley Way is a Reynolds 520 frame with an Alfine drivetrain and a belt drive that’s coated in a Bianchi-evoking green and comes in at $1425.

The gridlock is a Reynolds 520 frame fixie/singlespeed with flip-flop hub and purdy blue rims, which costs a cool $820.

You can see our shots of the bike on our Flickr site.


I’m confused…in the pics of the Alley Way, it looks like it has a dynamo front hub, but there are no lights on the bike. Am I wrong about the dynamo? Or maybe this is too early in production to be complete with lights?

Good eye - it does ship with the Alfine Dynamo Hub, but no light. Price point or availability I suppose and a dealer add-on?

This one we decided to leave the option for a light to the end user.  Some people love it when a light is spec’d, others chastise.  We just made it easier for those that want one, to add one.

I posted this elsewhere, too, but I already forget where!  I’m very distracted about the idea of a new commuter bike!

Hmm just getting close to the Trek Soho 4.0 and now this! I already miss my 3-speed Raleigh Sport (as the bike shop guy said, What’s not to love? except the maintenance is getting really time-consuming. Lots of Raleigh carnage around the shed.

Any thoughts about Raleigh Alley Way and the Trek 4.0?

I commute 20 miles (round-trip total) daily on streets, dirt and paved bike paths, in the Boston area.  Have been avoiding wet days due to braking issues, so I’m hoping that will change with whatever choice I finally make.


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