Raleigh Bicycle, ca 1949


The Raleigh Bicycle Company of Nottingham, England, produced this Raleigh brand bicycle around 1949.

This bicycle was ridden by Mr. Alvaro Zabala from Bogota, Colombia to New York City form January to June 1950. On January 3, 1950 Alvaro Zabala left Bogota, Colombia, on this bicycle, and headed for New York City. After pedaling through Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, the Mississippi Valley, and Ontario, Canada, he reached New York City five months later on June 2nd. It is estimated that about 8,000 miles were covered during the trip. Subsequently, Mr. Zabala pedaled the bicycle to Washington, where he presented the bicycle to the museum. Small flags of the 10 countries through which Mr. Zabala travelled are draped from the handlebars to the saddle.

Date Made: ca 1949

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, Nottigham

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Bicycling, America on the Move, Transportation


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: GIft of Alvaro Zabala Amero (Tolima)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.313481Catalog Number: 313481Accession Number: 187321

Object Name: BicycleOther Terms: Bicycle; Road

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-5dc7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_843025

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