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AGE / VALUE:   Frank Bowden vs Ted Crane Hercules v.s Raleigh posted by: Chris on 2/9/2010 at 5:01:25 PM
I have been reading in one of my books about all the fighting tiger fish tactics Frank Bowden did and all the intrigue and manipulations and battles Frank Bowden went thru to get and keep control of Raleigh and then to ram down his son thru the boards throat so he could install his son and set up the Raleigh dynasty.

Bowden entered the game extremely wealthy and fought and soldiered on from there. Raleigh took on Hercules Cycle and Motor founded by the Crane Brothers Ted and his brother whose name excapes me at the moment. The interesting thing is Crane was near broke when they started the company and they built Hercules into the largest cycle company in the world by the 1930's and Hercules nhas a record of kicking Raleigh tail all over the place.

Tough as nails they threatened to develop a rival 3 speed hub and install that in place of Sturmey- Archer.
A lot of behind the scenes adventures went on in the end they sold out in 1946 to Tube investments not Raleigh and it was not until 1960 that Hercules and Raleigh were wed in forced union together.

Ted crane did it all without any of Sir Franks advantages or connections, or back door crony-isms. All the chess tactitics The crane brothers just kept the unios out and worked their tails off from beginnings in a run down ruin of a building a former dunlop building assembling the bikes in the streets how they built Hercules and how the made their moves right and left to asseble such a mighty company such as Hercules would be an incredible story. As I said They did it without Bowden's advantages.

Would love to really get in an read it all. Who backed them and all the inner workings.

Hercules was a real formidible opponet

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Frank Bowden vs Ted Crane Hercules v.s Raleighposted by ken on 2/11/2010 at 11:38:10 AM
Didn't just threaten- they did produce their own dreigang hubs. I kept one because Sheldon talked about how you could put multi cogs on them because they had threaded drivers. (He also states that S-A used threaded drivers before they switched to splines in the 40s.)

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