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Top Bicycle Brands in the World – 2022

5. Bianchi

Top Bicycle Brands in the World – 2022

Another Italian bike brand, Bianchi has the distinct honor of being the oldest continually operated cycling company in the world. It dates back to 1885 when 21 year old Eldoardo Bianchi took it upon himself to add a chain to the famous “ordinary” bicycles and to reduce the size of the front wheel.

You could say his idea was a success. Over the years, Bianchi was credited with several other developments in this design and function of the bicycle. For example, he created the first ever front brake in 1913.

Throughout the 20th century, Bianchi cycles were ridden in several major bicycling tournaments and often won those tournaments. Riding a Bianchi, cyclist Faust Coppi won his first Tour de France in 1949. Felice Gimondi also won the race on a Bianchi in the early 1970s.

Today, Bianchi produces city, mountain and racing bikes at a variety of price points, starting at a few hundred dollars. It also makes electric  bikes and models for children.

6. Raleigh

Top Bicycle Brands in the World – 2022

Raleigh Bikes is a British cycling brand that got started in 1887 making it one of the oldest bike brands out there. At the time, the brand produced around three bikes per week. As early as 1896, production had increased to 30,000 cycles per year.

Throughout the 20th century, demands for the bikes increased and the brands continued to grow producing more and more cycles each year and expanding the size of its factories and plants. It even dabbled in motorcycles for a while. In the US in particular, demand was high for the brand’s 10-speed cycles.

Like a few other top brands, Rayleigh is no stranger to the Tour de France. Cyclist JoopZoetemelk of Holland won the race on a Rayleigh bike in 1980. In 1989, the French team System’s U was riding Raleigh bikes when it lost the Tour by just 8 seconds to Greg LeMond.

Today, the brand produces a mix of city/commuter bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes. its prices are relatively moderate with some of its bikes costing in the $300 to $400 range and its higher-end bikes topping out at under $3000.

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