How a Bicycle is Made from 1945

“They don’t make them like they used to.” Well, maybe they still do…

Enjoy the British Council Film from 1945 on how a Raleigh bicycle is made. Despite it’s almost 70-year age, this film is still a very comprehensive review of many of the metal manufacturing methods I just finished teaching at NC State College of Design. From tube bending and roll forming to forging and stamping, this covers many of the same processes used to today on bike manufacturing. Sure, there’s no carbon fiber or CAD models and not as many gears on that bike, but there’s a lot to be learned by young designers today.

[via Adafruit]


2 Responses to “How a Bicycle is Made from 1945”

  1. 1 Jeremy Odegard May 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Excellent video! Thank you for posting this.

  2. 2 pixxpixxx June 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    great pipe bending Time-lapse video ( – This is was done by

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