Evans Cycles and Raleigh help one of Britain’s oldest paperboys, 80, postpone retirement with gifted electric bike

February 15, 2021 - by Client News

80 year-old George Bailey – the pensioner who recently made headlines as one of the UK’s oldest paperboys – has today announced that he is postponing his retirement after being sent an electric bike to help him on his morning rounds.

After picking up his new E-bike from the UK’s leading specialist bike shop Evans Cycles, a new machine by iconic British bike manufacturer Raleigh, Mr Bailey has been given a “new lease of life”.

Having recently been featured widely across National and Regional news outlets, George Bailey has become somewhat of a local celebrity in the sleepy town of Headcorn in Kent. Telling reporters of his astonishing drive to weather the dark, cold and wet winter mornings to deliver newspapers to his local community throughout the pandemic – even on his 80th birthday morning and after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination – readers across the country were inspired by his ‘get up and go’ attitude. At 80 years young, and on an old push bike, it may not come as a surprise though that George was having thoughts of soon hanging up his paperboy sack and retiring.

Hearing of the undeniable joy that cycling the 2.5 mile loop brought George everyday, British cycling giants Raleigh and Evans Cycles were keen to help. Joining forces they have gifted George a brand new Raleigh Motus Crossbar E-bike which he picked up from his local Evans Cycles store in Maidstone. Coming complete with a super-lightweight Bosch motor, disc brakes and mudguards, George’s new ride offers an assisted energy output up to 250% of his pedal power, up to 15.5mph, and is perfectly suited for the worst the weather can throw at him.

When asked about what this meant to him, George Bailey said: “I’m truly thrilled with my new Raleigh E-bike. After celebrating my 80th birthday I was seriously considering whether it was time to now ‘hang up my boots’ and retire from the paper round. Knowing I can now continue doing what I love – with a little help from modern technology – is fantastic, especially on a Raleigh; a brand I’ve always admired growing up! I might even still be doing this when I’m 90…”

David Greenwood, Head of Marketing at Evans Cycles, said: “Modern E-bikes open up so many new opportunities for people of all ages. Offering a little electrical assistance when needed, they increase enjoyment and ultimately encourage riders to ride more often. We recognised what the daily routine of riding meant to George and so were more than happy to help him continue to enjoy the ride.”

Commenting on George Bailey’s new bike, Michelle Jakeway – Head of Marketing at Raleigh said: “When we heard George’s story, we felt compelled to give him a little boost. The Raleigh Motus Crossbar is one of our most popular everyday E-bikes. Coming with a high powered Bosch motor, pannier racks and disc brakes, George can continue doing what he loves in comfort and spread the joy of cycling along the way.”

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