The Winkie was a rear chain drive children's tricycle manufactured in England by Raleigh Bicycles between 1950 and 1970. [1][2][3] The tricycle was notable both for its solid design and easy riding qualities, even for adults, and also its popularity due to use by famous people such as Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles. [4] Raleigh marketed the tricycle to children by having them automatically join an owners club called The Circle of Silver Knights which taught traffic safety while also acting as a way to sell tricycles. The construction is welded steel tube with steel wheels and a single speed driven by a chain attached to a solid rear axle.[5]


  1. ^ Brown, Sheldon. "Raleigh 1951 Catalog". Raleigh Bicycle Catalog - 1951. Retrieved Nov 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Pinder, Richard. "1969 Raleigh Bicycle Catalog" (PDF). 1969 Raleigh Bicycle Catalog. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ Brown, Sheldon. "Winkie Model 32". Winkie Model 32 - 1951. Retrieved Aug 4, 2017.
  4. ^ English, Rebecca. "Royal playtime: Enchanting and intimate home-movie pictures show the Windsors really DO know how to have fun". Royal Mail. Retrieved Aug 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Holmes, EB. "Raleigh-Sunbeam Winkie Tricycle Project". Raleigh-Sunbeam Winkie Tricycle. Retrieved Aug 4, 2017.