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Raleigh Arena

I think all Raleigh Arenas were blue. I got mine around 1982 and it was my first "racer" and I got into all sorts of trouble on Christmas day with icy roads. Mine had a mileometer attached to the front forks. The frame mounted gear shift was great - 5 gears!! It was a grown-up departure from my Grifter. The only downside was that within the year all my friends were getting BMX bikes, and my poor Arena ended up rather the worse for wear after I attempted to keep up over the bumps and jumps.


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Do You Remember Raleigh Arena?

Do You Remember Raleigh Arena?

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    I have just been lucky enough to buy a brand new old stock 5 speed blue 21" arena still in its original box although that's where it will be staying great bike
  • Anonymous user
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    Mine was a pale green metallic 10 speed - but not the ice green metallic I've seen elsewhere on the Net.Used to knock about all over Gower on it. Lovely stuff.
  • Anonymous user
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    I have a raleigh arena but it needs repainting blue, do any of you know the specification for the blue paint used on it
  • Anonymous user
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    Hi just wondering if anone knows what the tubing was on the Raleigh arena gt Thanks
  • Anonymous user
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    Hi just wondering if anone knows what the tubing was on the Raleigh arena gt Thanks
  • Anonymous user
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    I had an ice green 10 speed Arena, it was my pride and joy and I did many a mile one it. And yes nearly killed myseld on man an occasion when the brakes didnt work as a zoomed down many a steep hill where I live. All my mates had Grifters and BMX's but my Arena was something special in my eyes, and wwill always remain so
  • Anonymous user
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    I got mine Christmas 1978, aged 9 and 9 months, for £105 a princely sum, light blue 5 gears from a bike shop in Haddington E. Lothian ( called Alex Bikes i seem to remember). My feet did not touch the ground but pestered the auld man until he agreed. Crashes galore,(many spectacular ones) much crying and gnashing of teeth. I still have it and it goes well, cycle to work every day!!(still have the scars also!)Still bloody crash though somethings never change
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    Cracking site brings back some many treasured memories of my Raleigh Arena ice blue 5 speed!! I was 12 years old lived in Rochdale and my dad picked me up in his Vauxhall Viva we went to Manchester to Lewis store to collect my new bike which i had not seen!! we went up to the 5th floor and there it was amazing brand fire new we took it down in the lift and my dad put it in the boot and tied the boot lid down, I was the proudest son on the street..what a bike we went everywhere together and it never ever let me down wonderful days!!! Brent from Rochdale...
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    I am looking for a 5 Speed Raleigh Arena of the years 1976 1977 1978 1979 with the original 5 speed freewheel sprockets on the back wheel.
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    We all seem to have the same memories: Metallic blue... Christmas or birthday present... Age 13 or so... Paper rounds and luggage racks... Dynamo lights... Awkward cross-bar incident... Only 5 gears... BUT let's not forget, wonderful days as they were; the saddle was a bone shaker, the frame weighed a ton, and every bloody sod at school had one too! Mine was painted black after a few years when I went in to my goth stage! Andrew, Windsor, UK