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Old 02-28-08, 02:36 PM
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What bird is on Raleigh Emblem

Ok, this is bugging me. It's not a duck, probably a swan, stork, egret or something of that nature but what kind of bird is on the vintage Raleigh front badge? And what is the history behind it?

My Raleigh (64 Sports Deluxe) has the bird on the badge as well as on the front chainring.
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It is a heron.

Edit: NOOOO!
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I'll go against the grain and say it's a dodo
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It's a heron on the Raleigh.
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I'll go against the grain and say it's a dodo
Dodos were used on the bikes provided with hooked rims, Herons were used on the bikes with straight side rims.*

*This is a joke! Don't take me seriously, please !

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I've seen plenty of dodos on Raleighs, but not on the headbadge.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I've seen plenty of dodos on Raleighs, but not on the headbadge.
Haha...priceless...
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I've seen plenty of dodos on Raleighs, but not on the headbadge.
HEY! I might resemble that remark!



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If you really love your Raleigh, then it is

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Here's a paragraph from Tony Hadland's Raleigh history to attest to the use of that darn bird:

"Following the Activator launch (1992), Rix initiated a campaign to raise awareness of the Raleigh brand, rather than focusing on a particular model or range. Via TV advertising, it featured an animated version of the Raleigh heron’s head motif, which became known as Little Bird. Aimed at children, Little Bird put across messages such as, ‘Don’t buy a bike without me on it,’ and ‘Do you know, our dealers give a better service?’ Criticised initially as being childish, it crossed over to adults watching TV with their children, and proved a very effective campaign."

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Here's a paragraph from Tony Hadland's Raleigh history to attest to the use of that darn bird:

"Following the Activator launch (1992), Rix initiated a campaign to raise awareness of the Raleigh brand, rather than focusing on a particular model or range. Via TV advertising, it featured an animated version of the Raleigh heron’s head motif, which became known as Little Bird. Aimed at children, Little Bird put across messages such as, ‘Don’t buy a bike without me on it,’ and ‘Do you know, our dealers give a better service?’ Criticised initially as being childish, it crossed over to adults watching TV with their children, and proved a very effective campaign."

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Found a shiny Raleigh Heron crank today and figure it should look good on my Twenty as the Phillip's models had a pretty plain chain ring.
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Maybe it's a loon.... as in "he's so crazy he has five of them in the basement".....
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OK, follow-up question: some Raleigh parts (the black rubber pedal blocks on my Sports come to mind) are branded with a different logo, that looks like a human figure. Who is he - a craftsman? Sir Raleigh? the Sheriff of Nottingham?

Hopefully you Raleigh experts here know what I mean, and I can get away without providing a photo.
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Originally Posted by sekaijin View Post
OK, follow-up question: some Raleigh parts (the black rubber pedal blocks on my Sports come to mind) are branded with a different logo, that looks like a human figure. Who is he - a craftsman? Sir Raleigh? the Sheriff of Nottingham?

Hopefully you Raleigh experts here know what I mean, and I can get away without providing a photo.
Sir Walter Raleigh. Some of the old catalogues have pictures of Sir Walter doing the cloak thing for a young woman on a Raleigh bicycle.
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...and I can get away without providing a photo.
I don't think so .

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It's a "English Peguin," at least that is what I "heron" bikeforums.
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Now that's a bird of a different feather.

Thanks all - enjoyed the postings...(East Hill , especially yours....jajajajaj)

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It's a "English Peguin," at least that is what I "heron" bikeforums.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Here's a paragraph from Tony Hadland's Raleigh history to attest to the use of that darn bird:

"Following the Activator launch (1992), Rix initiated a campaign to raise awareness of the Raleigh brand, rather than focusing on a particular model or range. Via TV advertising, it featured an animated version of the Raleigh heron’s head motif, which became known as Little Bird. Aimed at children, Little Bird put across messages such as, ‘Don’t buy a bike without me on it,’ and ‘Do you know, our dealers give a better service?’ Criticised initially as being childish, it crossed over to adults watching TV with their children, and proved a very effective campaign."

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Here is one of the adverts on Youtube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jYTh0OmmMTM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Here's a paragraph from Tony Hadland's Raleigh history to attest to the use of that darn bird:

"Following the Activator launch (1992), Rix initiated a campaign to raise awareness of the Raleigh brand, rather than focusing on a particular model or range. Via TV advertising, it featured an animated version of the Raleigh heron’s head motif, which became known as Little Bird. Aimed at children, Little Bird put across messages such as, ‘Don’t buy a bike without me on it,’ and ‘Do you know, our dealers give a better service?’ Criticised initially as being childish, it crossed over to adults watching TV with their children, and proved a very effective campaign."

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That ad technique is called "cradle to grave". The promotion of a product being part of your whole life.
McDonalds is an expert at that ad style.
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Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
That ad technique is called "cradle to grave". The promotion of a product being part of your whole life.
McDonalds is an expert at that ad style.
Well, it's easier for McDonald's, since if the campaign is really successful, they only need to appeal to about four decades worth of lifespan.
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Originally Posted by ken_matthews View Post
Now that's a bird of a different feather.

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Whatever kind of heron that is on my Raleigh, it's got to be related to the bird on the hoods of the old Pontiac Firebird TransAms! I mean, don't they make both vehicles go faster?
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