Designing bikes for women, 1958: The Glamour Bike

Says this marketing copy from 1958 for the Raleigh “Glamour Bicycle”: “Peggy Hayward models a new Raleigh bicycle specially designed for fashion-conscious women. Its attachments include a make-up mirror, lipstick holder and dress guard.

This Raleigh appears to be based on Boulevard Tourist and seems very similar to the (Raleigh-owned) Triumph “Pink Witch,” which featured a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub, front rack, fenders, and bell. Newspaper clamp, front hub dynamo and lights were available options on the Pink Witch.


  • May 4, 2014 - 12:13 am | Permalink

    Add a cell phone holder, and you’d have all the distractions currently known to (wo)man!

  • January 7, 2016 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Glamour bikes were the golden age of biking. The o;d Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub I remember having one of those on an old bike of mine.

  • June 25, 2016 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Interesting information. I wish to be read more. How do I can?

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