Ofer Deshe - The Mediterranean Moultoneer

The latest in our regular series of profiles of riders of Pashley and Moulton bicycles.

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Tell us a little about yourself
I love being outdoors, exploring nature and pushing myself. I grew up and spent most of my life near the Mediterranean Sea. So naturally, I particularly like water. Open water swimming, surfing and paddle boarding are my main passions. Nowadays, I am very lucky to live in the beautiful city of Bath. We live near beautiful countryside, rivers, brooks, canals and lakes. North Devon and Wales are not too far for the occasional ocean surfing trip. 
When I am on land, which is most of the time, I love cycling. I used to love time trials and triathlons. But I got bored of measuring everything. After more than 10 triathlons and other events, I prefer to go for long riding adventures and experience the world around me, not the heart rate monitor, a stopwatch, or a speedometer. But next year I plan to enter a multisport event that combines paddle-boarding, mountain biking and trail running.

What are you passionate about?
My three passions are innovation, proud craftsmanship and unconventional thinking. I am particularly passionate about innovative products that go beyond engineering or technology. Designers that found a new way to create experiences that better people’s life. When engineering and deep understanding of people’s behaviour is blended with the courage to challenge conventional thinking paradigms really valuable and wonderful things can happen. My spaceframe Moulton bike is a great example. Dr Alex Moulton challenged the concept of a diamond frame and the standard sizes of bike wheels. Remember, the first practical application of a diamond frame was the Rover bike – which was introduced in the 1880s – and hasn’t changed to this day! The Moulton frame is stronger, more comfortable and more agile. Fundamental questions about bike design were challenged to the core, like the relationship that stiffness has to trade-offs between power transfer and comfort. So, when you add to this my passions, namely, beautifully crafted artefacts that are made by artisans who love their work, and unconventional thinking you can see why I ride a Moulton. 

What do you do for a living?
I am a business psychologist with a focus on enterprise systems design. I’m the managing director of Tobias & Tobias, a digital innovation consulting firm in the City of London. We focus on the design and engineering of new digital products and services. Our main clients are large investment banks, asset management firms and insurance companies. Organisations that have one common underlying theme to what they do, they manage risks. Our role is to challenge their thinking, and create new models, new services and innovate. I guess you can tell, my passion for great design goes beyond my choice of bike, and has an impact on my day job too!

What is your earliest cycling memory?
My earliest cycling memory is my father’s on-going refusal to buy me a bike. My father is an amputee and the major accident that he has had, made him more anxious about risks and incidents than average Joe. Eventually, my grandfather bought me a British racing green bike with white balloon tyres. My dad was not impressed but cooperated. As soon as my dad took the stabilisers off, I was gliding and cruising the full distance of our street and felt very happy. I was hooked. Although I was five years old, I can still feel this sensation now. In fact, I still feel this happiness whenever I negotiate sharp corners or go downhill. Uphill, well, not so much. I had a few more bikes afterwards, before I got my first dream bike when I was 10, a red Raleigh Chopper. A few months later I crashed it into a wall, racing downhill, and suffered from a broken leg, and stitches in various parts of my body. Even worse, the bike was a total loss. My father made sure that I did not have another bike, until a few years later…

What bike are you riding?
Most of the time I ride a Moulton TSR. It is a special edition, painted in Land Rover Camel Trophy, with offroad tyres and all sorts of adventure and gravel upgrades. The Traditional Cycle Shop created my bike as a special for the Eroica Britannia race event. They didn’t want to sell it, so I had to use an arsenal of psychological techniques and persuasion tactics. In the end they kindly agreed, on condition that they can keep it in the showroom until the race starts. I raced the event on board my new Moulton, enjoying the full suspension and massive range of gears. Whilst my riding mate Simon got his bones properly shaken. For me the cobblestones and gravel roads were transformed into a Persian carpet. The Moulton was also great at climbing the steep Derbyshire hills, and for the majority of the race I maintained that my new friend Moulton and I were going so fast that we were in fact unbeatable. Well, until a tall and slender gentleman on a vintage diamond frame race bike smoked us. The white sign on the back of his Jersey didn't have a number, like all other riders, but instead it read ‘MILLAR’…

How many bikes do you own?
I have an Italian vintage bike. It was built in 1982 and it still has its original Rosso Corsa Ferrari red paint. I use it on sunny Sundays, going for long rides. In most cases I combine the ride with a stop outside of a narrow boat that someone converted into a floating tea house, on the Avon and Kenneth Canal, half way between Bath and Bradford Upon Avon. Thinking about their Victoria sponge cake keeps me going. I also have a simple mountain bike that I thrash around trails, forests, and mud. 

Are you sure you don’t have any more bikes? 
Of course I have more bikes. I have a cyclocross bike that I built myself and made out of bits and pieces that I collected over the years, and an old folding bike that I bought 17 years ago and keep in my office in London.

What is your dream bike?
I love cycling more than bikes. So my dream is to be able to ride until I am extremely old and frail. I am very happy with my current rides. But if I had to dream, I would request a Moulton Double Pylon New Series, made from Titanium and equipped with Campagnolo Super Record. That bike does not exist of course. So a stainless steel frame with the above specifications will do me fine. Perhaps I could have it in a Bugatti Blue and stainless steel combo. Hmm… I don’t think my father will be very impressed. 

 

Christmas Gift Guide

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The Traditional Cycle Shop has a wonderful selection of gifts to help make Christmas truly special. Here's some ideas in helpful price bands.

Up to £20

Pashley Coasters £8 In-store only
Brooks Saddle Covers £9
Brooks Maintenance Kit £10 In-store only
Brooks Trouser Strap £15 In-store only
Brooks Femto Lights £16
Pashley Signature T-Shirts £20
GB Wing Nuts £20

£21 to £50

UPSO Stirling Seat Pack £30 In-store only
Brooks Multitool £30
Brooks Pump £45 In-store only

£51 to £100

Moulton bottle cage £55
Moulton TSR/SST Day Bag Carrier £55
Moulton Day Bag £55
Brooks Challenge Tool Bag £70
Carradice Barley Limited Edition Saddle Bag £90 In-store only
Brooks D-Shaped Tool Bag £95

£100+

Pashley Wooden Mudguards £115
Pashley Classic Saddle Bag £125
Pashley Lunchbox Saddle Bag £145
Pashley Basket Tote £145

Christmas opening times and last order dates

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Late evening opening

We will be staying open until 8pm on the following Thursdays:

  • November 30th
  • December 7th
  • December 14th
  • December 21st

Cut-off dates for Christmas BIKE orders

If your bike isn't in stock these are the dates you need to order by to get your bike before Christmas. You can order bikes online or in-store but remember all bikes are for in-store collection.

Classics
Princess, Britannia, Poppy, Penny, Roadster, Guv'nor, Speed 5, Parabike, Tuberider
Saturday 16th December

Lightweights
Aurora, Countryman, Pathfinder, Roadfinder, Clubman
Saturday 2nd December

Tricycles
Picador, Tri-1, Tri-1 Folding
Saturday 2nd December

Moulton TSR
Saturday 2nd December

Online Orders

For orders other than bikes, the final postage date to ensure your order arrives with you in time for Christmas is Monday 18th December 2017.

Please note that we will be unable to send out any orders over the Christmas holiday period (21st Dec – 5th Jan). We will endeavour to get orders out as quickly as possible from 5th January.

Pashley People - Kate Coleman

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Kate Coleman is a regular sight cycling around Stratford-upon-Avon on her colourful Pashley. She is a children's storyteller and brings Kate's Storytree to events, parties and festivals both locally and across the UK.

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a storyteller. I write, collect and tell stories. Most of the time I am listening. Listening to the stories people tell me and then filling in the gaps, making stuff up. I like to exaggerate and change the stories told to me. I learnt that when someone tells you their story, it’s a gift to you. I won’t tell a story unless the person who told me says it’s ok. I am a storyteller, that’s my living. I’ve had a million jobs before settling into storytelling. My first job was selling ice cream. I’ve worked in a pub, an office and as a teacher in Italy. I tried working in an office for my dad. It didn’t work. I’ve worked as a teaching assistant and then a Montessori teacher, a babysitter and a nanny. I’ve worked in a cheese shop, a running shop and had a job checking cutlery for defects. I’ve been a bookseller, a cinema usher and now a storyteller. I think I needed to do all these things before I got to where I am now.

What are you passionate about?

I love stories and I’m passionate about people. I love hearing things, watching people, relating things to other things, finding out how people work and the world that we live in. I wrote a story about the world, the world I live in and how I see it and I like to hear about other people and the world that they live in. I like it when worlds collide. I think it’s important that everyone has someone to listen to them, that everyone has a voice, whether that is the spoken word, written, art, music , dance, making things. This is what I am passionate about, the voice and the many languages we use to communicate.

Kate's Storytree is a regular local sight

Kate's Storytree is a regular local sight

I spent most of my childhood outdoors. We walked to and from school, had a big garden and my friends lived nearby.  My house sat on a hill and had a long fence running alongside it. Not a tall fence. So we could climb over it and under it and through it. We lived next to Chestnut walk, a stony road which ran in front of a row of fifteen houses. And because of the short fence, we could watch people walking up and down. Each house on Chestnut Walk had a long garden leading up to a disused rail track. My friends lived in Chestnut Walk. As children we would ride up and down Chestnut walk. I would look out of the window and see their heads pop up over the fence, grab my bike and head out of the gate, drag my bike down the steps and up the little path to meet them. The road had cars too but the cars slowed down for us and we felt important. People looked out for us when we were out on our bikes and we raced up and down all day. At the end of the road, a narrow path with a fence lead to Station road which was where my house was. It was the best feeling to cycle down this path and then try to cycle back up it. It was hard work but worth the journey back again.  

What was your first bike?

My first bike was a purple Raleigh. I loved it. I really loved it. I have an older sister and so was used to having second-hand, old stuff. But my sister couldn’t ride a bike and so this was new and I loved it. It was too big at first. My parents bought me a big bike so that I’d grow into it! I can remember riding it to my friend Emma’s house. Jumping off it, running up the path and ringing the doorbell to get her to come out and play. Then we’d ride our bikes all day long. I was pretty lucky. My childhood was fun. We had lots of time and space to grow. To decide what we loved and grow and create ourselves.

How long have you been a cyclist?

I’ve been a cyclist since I was seven. My parents weren’t and still aren’t cyclists. But, it’s never too late and perhaps they will become so in their 70s. My dad talks about buying a trike. I’ve moved around a lot and so have spent many years not owning a bike but borrowing one or two or three. I went to live in Italy at the age of 18 and I had use of a bicycle there. Lots of people cycle in Italy and the older and the more decrepid the bike the better. It’s only in the last two years that I have owned more than one bike. I wonder if the owning of more than one bike requires a different title from the one of ‘cyclist’?

What bike are you riding?

My current bike is a Pashley Parabike Fleet. I use it for my storytelling. It’s blue and green and has a space in between the bars in which to fit a panel and advertise what I do. As I get older I have become more more indecisive. It’s taking me a while to decide on the design for my panel. I want it to be perfect, although I know that it can’t be. But I love my Storybike and so it has to be right. It’s an extension of me and my work and I want it to be the best.

How many bikes do you own?

I currently have two bikes; my Parabike and a Triumph which needs a bit of fixing. There are more bicycles on our boat but I wouldn’t lay claim to them being mine. 

What is your dream bike?

I don’t have a dream bike. I’m pretty happy with what I have already. Although, after a cycle tour along The Caledonian way on a TSR, I’d quite like a Moulton next. She was packed out with all the necessary stuff for travelling around Scotland and I loved carrying my home for ten days. I would love to have some of my stories published and I will go straight out and buy a new bike with the book advance. I’ve promised my partner that there’s a new bicycle in it for him too. They say that the bicycle is the transport of artists and writers so it seems the right thing to do.

Kate touring Scotland on a Moulton TSR

Kate touring Scotland on a Moulton TSR

What appeals to you about cycling?/What does cycling mean to you?

The freedom of cycling, the simplicity, the movement and rhythm. The ability to carry everything you may need. The connection to the Earth and air and the weather. I feel strong and independent. It’s nice to go forward, propelling myself. And I love flying down hills with my feet off the pedals.

What do you dislike about cycling?

I hate it when cars drive too close when overtaking. Sometimes I get comments made about being a woman on a bike. When that happens, I wish I could go unnoticed. Perhaps I shall invent a bicycle which becomes invisible, and the rider too. 

How often do you ride your bike, and for what purpose? 

I try to ride every day but some days it doesn’t work out that way. When I do an event I have a lot of stuff; monkeys and elephants and clouds and a rainbow and crayons and glue and coloured paper. So I have to use the car but next summer, I hope to buy a trailer for my Storybike. Then I can travel with The Storytree on the back.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I’m lucky that I live near to the river Avon and I like to cycle alongside the water. In the summer, during the long days, I like to cycle down the Greenway. There’s a nice cafe and a few pubs. There are rabbits along the way and no cars. It’s nice just to cycle into town and back home again.

Pashley's new Santander Cycles roll into London

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the next generation of Santander Cycles have today arrived in London.

The first of the new bikes have rolled onto the capital͛s streets, with thousands set to join TfL's flagship cycle hire scheme over the next few years.

Pashley's all-new design offers improved handling, safety and comfort, alongside innovative smart technology.

Adrian Williams, Pashley Cycles CEO, said: "I am immensely proud of our team's achievement in successfully developing a completely new bicycle for London. It is a bicycle of exceptional quality, designed with the rider's safety and enjoyment in mind, whilst ensuring that maintenance and operating costs are kept to a minimum. Our team have worked in close partnership with Serco throughout the project to ensure that we deliver the world class public hire bike London deserves."

The new cycles will offer riders improved handling, safety and comfort, with a new gel saddle, lower frame, tyres with puncture prevention, new gear hub, improved front and rear Blaze lighting, and bluetooth.

The bikes have been built by England's longest established cycle manufacturer, Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of an industrial team assembled by scheme operators Serco. They have been designed to be easier to ride and maintain, meaning more cycles will be available to hire more often and reduce maintenance costs.

Last year was a record-breaking year for Santander Cycles with an unprecedented 10.3m hires - 4.4 per cent up on 2015. This year there have been more than 8.7m hires, with five of the nine months beating year-on-year records for the number of journeys being made.

Upgraded Shimano brakes providing better stopping performance.

Upgraded Shimano brakes providing better stopping performance.

Lighting system is better positioned, brighter and more effective so that the cycles are much more visible to other road users.

Lighting system is better positioned, brighter and more effective so that the cycles are much more visible to other road users.

Smaller wheels provide faster acceleration from standing start, especially important in urban traffic.

Smaller wheels provide faster acceleration from standing start, especially important in urban traffic.

Mudguards have lower 'tails' and more of the rear wheel is covered, providing better protection for the rider in the wet.

Mudguards have lower 'tails' and more of the rear wheel is covered, providing better protection for the rider in the wet.

Saddle includes new gel pads for improved rider comfort.

Saddle includes new gel pads for improved rider comfort.

Saddle adjustment is much simpler with a new one-handed seat clamp.

Saddle adjustment is much simpler with a new one-handed seat clamp.

New frame and fork geometry combines to provide better ride quality and improved manoeuvrability and increased comfort and safety for smaller riders, with a lower bottom bracket and frame step through height.

New frame and fork geometry combines to provide better ride quality and improved manoeuvrability and increased comfort and safety for smaller riders, with a lower bottom bracket and frame step through height.

Moulton TSR 27 Special

We've created a special Moulton TSR 27 at The Traditional Cycle Shop to recapture some of the spirit of the the original Moulton AM-ATB and the Moulton Land Rover APB.

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This is the second one of these we've built - the first we took to Eroica Britannia and within a few hours it was sold from the stand to a gentleman who rode it on one of the Sunday rides. He kindly came back to tell us how well it sailed up the gravelly Peak District slopes.

The starting point is a TSR 27, painted in the same yellow as the original Land Rover ATB. The 27 is a true go-anywhere bicycle - equally at home on the road, towpath or gravel track. We've added knobbly 20 x 1.9" Schwalbe Black Jack tyres so you can tackle mud too, a black Brooks B17 leather saddle and a Moulton Rear Day Bag and Carrier.

The bike is on display at The Traditional Cycle Shop and is on sale at £1750.


Specification
Tyres: Schwalbe Black Jack 47-405
Brake levers: Avid FR-5
Brakes: Avid Single Digit 5
Gear Levers: SRAM DualDrive/DD9 Trigger
Rear Mech: SRAM DualDrive
Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-32
Pedals: VP SPD type
Saddle: Brooks B17 Black
Gear Range: 20-106"
Frame Size: Suitable for inside leg 27-36"
Weight: 12.9kg
Extras: Moulton Rear Day Bag & Rear Day Bag Carrier

 


Dan Farrell talks about the development of the Moulton AM-ATB in a previous blog post.

Dan Farrell talks Moulton AM-ATB

In the first of a regular series of posts about past Pashley and Moulton models, Dan Farrell from Moulton talks about the evolution of the Moulton AM-ATB. 

The AM-ATB started life as a simplified AM series bike – i.e. cheaper to manufacture, with higher volumes in mind. Alex asked Raleigh if they wished to produce it. They said no, but Japanese manufacturer Kuwahara were interested and some work was done with them before the decision (influenced by Angle Lake Cyclery in Seattle, at the time one of the most prolific sellers of Moultons) was taken to keep it in-house, alter the design and make it into a mountain bike. As such it became the first production full-suspension mountain bike – what is the norm now certainly wasn’t then.

Alex Moulton working on the AM-ATB.  

Alex Moulton working on the AM-ATB.  

One of the key differences between the AM and the AM-ATB frame designs was the patented ‘hairpin’ construction method of wrapping the thin space-frame tubes around the head and seat tubes. This eliminated the costly and time-consuming precision mitreing of the ends of the tubes. Whilst the suspension systems were uprated versions of those found on the AM series, a unique feature of the AM-ATB was an adjustable cam under the rear spring. This allowed for a little adjustment to the bottom bracket height and also to the frame angles – a fine-tuning of ride characteristics.

Alex Moulton testing an AM-ATB. 

Alex Moulton testing an AM-ATB. 

The AM-ATB rode on the wave of the first mountain bike boom, with particularly high demand in the USA. However, with Alex Moulton perhaps being aware that he had not fulfilled the original purpose of the design, the wheel soon turned full-circle and the AM-ATB returned to its roots to be ‘re-invented’ as a rationalised, less expensive ‘all-purpose’ Moulton – the APB. Again, volume manufacturers were offered the option to produce it under licence and this time it was Pashley who took up the opportunity. Tooling was commissioned in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1991 and the first Moulton APBs hit the streets in 1992.

Kuwahara did, some time later, design the ‘Goblin’ – clearly not a Moulton, but probably influenced by its makers brief dalliance with Alex Moulton and the AM-ATB. 


We've created a special Moulton TSR 27 at The Traditional Cycle Shop to recapture some of the spirit of the AM-ATB and the Land Rover APB.

Conception of the Moulton bicycle

Dan Farrell from Moulton talks about the conception of the Moulton bicycle. 

Alex Moulton unveils the first new bicycle for 70 years.

Alex Moulton unveils the first new bicycle for 70 years.

It may seem a little odd that a man from a great industrial dynasty – and who owned a string of exotic cars, motorcycles and boats - should be so fascinated by the ‘humble’ bicycle and to have contributed so much to its development and advancement.  Necessity is, as we all know, the mother of invention – when petrol was rationed in World War Two, Alex Moulton modified a Ford Popular to run on gas produced by the burning of anthracite.  When the first Suez crisis struck and rationing returned in 1957, Alex’s active mind took another direction.

Determined not to be restricted by his petrol ration, Moulton bought himself a ‘Curly’ Hetchins bicycle as, in his words, “a serious alternative means of locomotion”. Immediately he was both delighted and intrigued by the efficiency and liveliness of this lightweight steed, but he was also struck by the inconvenience of (and danger posed by) the horizontal top tube and the lack of facility for carrying luggage.  Having resolved to improve upon this, the classic bicycle, he began to research into bicycle history.  This first file is rather enigmatically titled “Muscle Powered Vehicle”.  Having looked at and tested the recumbent bicycles of the 1930s, he questioned the validity of the ‘conventional’ riding position – eventually accepting that the ‘upright’ position was more natural and convenient .  Inspired by the space liberated by the reduction of wheel size on the Mini, confirmed by comprehensive testing, Moulton conceived the idea of a small-wheeled bicycle – with an open frame for convenience, front and rear suspension to improve rider comfort and allow the use of high-pressure tyres, and large luggage carriers.  Following some analysis of riding positions and efficiencies, he approached Dunlop for help in the design, testing and manufacture of suitable tyres and rims; those currently available being for juvenile bicycles and in no way performance orientated.  Dunlop, at that time employing over 1,000 staff in the manufacture of Moulton rubber springs and flexible couplings for BMC, acquiesced to put their technical weight behind the bicycle project.  With the fundamentals in place, he embarked on another challenge, one that he had not faced in aeronautical or automotive fields – the search for form.  To this end, a charming set of wooden scale models were produced.  These still exist and have recently been exhibited at the Design Museum in London.

The search for form - a set of scale wooden models were produced.

The search for form - a set of scale wooden models were produced.

Whilst clearly having difficulty in resolving the appearance of his new bicycle, Moulton was sensitive to public reaction and sought to avoid shocking potential buyers.  Given that bicycle design had stood still for seventy years, one can appreciate why he took so much care over seemingly minor details.  For example, the alignment of the chain was constrained by the requirement to keep the ‘top run’ parallel to the main tube, and the ‘lower run’ parallel to the ground; and the unnerving ‘tallness’ of the head and seat tubes was disguised by ‘billiard cue’ paintwork.  Having progressed from models to prototypes, he eventually approached Raleigh with a view to offering them a licence to manufacture. Hugely dominant in the industry, Raleigh were initially keen but soon dithered.  Moulton, with characteristic conviction, built a bicycle factory in the grounds of The Hall and launched the Moulton bicycle in November 1962.  

Pashley People - Antony Bridge

Photo by Peter Young

Photo by Peter Young

The second in a regular series of profiles of riders of Pashley and Moulton bicycles.

Tell us a little about yourself
I live on the Malvern Hills and have done pretty much my whole life. I live with my beautiful wife and my two amazing daughters who all keep me in check!

I met Fran from The Traditional Cycle Shop on a journey to buy a Van to use for my work as my painting vehicle. I left the house wanting to buy a small van to carry all my painting gear but deep down the expense of owning a van was putting me off. Then I saw a dry stone wall builder in the Cotswolds using a Pashley as his work horse and carrier of all his tools, inspiring! To me, carrying things on a bike instead of a car couldn’t be more ideal. Driving a car or van you don’t experience the journey as much as you do when cycling: the weather, the climb of the roads and descents. Entering the Traditional Cycle shop was a happy relief and inspiring.

What do you do for a living?
I am a landscape painter predominantly working from life 'en plein air'. I am the official artist for the National Trust at Croome with whom I’ll be having yearly shows and I also show work from my Malvern studio (by appointment). You can view my work at www.antonybridge.co.uk or follow my social media feeds. I have shown in many top UK galleries, sold globally to collectors and featured in books and monthly art publications.

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I am soon to cycle the Elgar route around the Malvern/Worcestershire area and produce a collection of paintings of the best views Elgar would have seen from his bike. I’ll be using the Pashley for this.

What are you passionate about?
My main two passions are cycling and painting. I am lucky to be able to earn a living from these two things and hope the love comes across in my work with energy and colour.

What is your earliest memory of riding a bike?
My first memory of riding a bike was learning to ride. We had a sloped path in the house I grew up in, there were rose bushes all the way down on both sides - maybe the worst place to learn to ride a bike. I fell into the roses many times but it certainly made me learn fast!

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What was your first bike?
My first bike was a small trike at the age of 1. Then a Raleigh Chopper which I sat on most of the time watching the world go by, then I had a few Raleigh road bikes. In the 90s I had GT mountain bikes and I entered one race at the Malvern Classic. I also broke my leg on a unicycle in six places leaving me out of action for a year.

How long have you been a cyclist?
I’ve been cyclist for 36 years - since the arrival of my first bike!

What bike are you riding?
I have a small selection of bikes to suit either how I feel or where I am riding to. I am obsessed with my single speed bike and amazed how fast you can ride just one gear even on the Malvern hills. The simplicity of having one gear makes riding even more pleasurable and there isn’t much to go wrong. The achievements of cyclist Patrick Seabase inspired me to get a single speed bike.

How many bikes do you own?
The number changes lots, I did have eleven at one point but I'm down to the minimum currently. My Pashley Roadster which is my workhorse, a simple single speed bike which I love the simplicity of and a rigid mountain bike which I am getting into bikepacking with.

What is your dream bike?
I’ll be honest, my dream bike changes week to week. Currently my dream bike would have to be a Cinelli Supercorsa road bike, vintage styling with the most latest components and that Italian love of detail and design. Second to that would be a Moulton, possible just the TSR 27 in yellow.

What appeals to you about cycling?
Cycling has always focused my mind. If I haven’t been on my bike for a while I feel focus slipping. Its a place I love to be to come up with ideas, to relax (even though I may be pushing hard) and also something I love doing with good friends.

What do you dislike about cycling?
The only thing I dislike about cycling is cleaning the bike after a muddy ride. 

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How often do you ride your bike, and for what purpose?
I ride my bikes always for pleasure, even if it's raining. I try and get out at least twice a week. I meet with friends once a month where we either do a road ride or venture into the forests with our hammocks and Trangias for the day to chat bikes and relax.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
Recently I’ve cycled to the top of Pen y Fan, cycled the Bath to Bristol cycle route, got lost in the Forest of Dean on the fire trails but my favourite ride for the last twenty years has always been to cycle over the Malvern Hills or around them. I know the roads so well now and as a painter I love to watch the seasons and light change on each ride.

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Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

The shop's new Moulton SST 11

Our Moulton SST 11's Airforce Blue frame is lighter than the TSR frame due to a redesigned rear triangle. Combined with the stainless steel drop outs front and rear, Brooks B17 Special Titanium in Honey, matching Brooks Slender grips and the MKS Promenade quick release pedals, this makes for a very good looking bike. I really like the slick-shifting Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub with disk brake too.

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Putting the finishing touches to my Moulton APB restoration

It's taken a while but it's nearly finished. I need to get the miles in now to make sure it's fully sorted before I attempt to ride 500 miles through Scotland in September.

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The A45 Coventry by-pass central reservation

A bit of a strange one this. Whilst stuck in traffic there last week (next to one of the 1930s protected bike lanes Carlton Reid is currently trying to revive on Kickstarter), I photographed the wildflower-filled central reservation. If only all central reservations and verges could be this beautiful.

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The Spokesman Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Carlton Reid's The Spokesman Cycling Roundtable Podcast this week features a fascinating in-depth conversation with Pashley CEO Adrian Williams. If you're interested in Pashley's history, the development of the Guv'nor and other Pashley-related things then give it a listen. There's also 5 minutes of me talking to Carlton at the end. Listen here.

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Fleet Foxes - If You Need To, Keep Time on Me

Another mellow classic tune for perfect weekend listening. Listen here.

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Moultoneer - Erik Borg

The first in a regular series of profiles of riders of Pashley and Moulton bicycles.

I’m a lecturer at Coventry University in Academic Writing, which means I teach people how to write better academic prose, whether they’re undergraduates, postgraduates or staff members writing for professional purposes. I used to be a freelance still photographer, and I’m still interested in photography, though now I mostly take pictures to record the life around me. I’ve become increasingly passionate about cycling — not only riding myself, but also trying to create conditions under which all of us can ride safely.

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My parents gave me and my younger sister bikes together one Christmas after we moved into the countryside in Maryland. Mine was a full-sized balloon tyred bike, one speed and you stopped by back peddling. I envied my sister’s bike though: a mixte frame bike with narrow tyres, a derailleur, five speeds, hand brakes and lots of wires. Very fancy! I’d ride my bike on the dirt and gravel roads of a quite rural community; I suspect the wide tyres were a good choice for the terrain I was riding.

Like a lot of people my age, there was a long hiatus between riding as a kid and riding as an adult. Although I rode occasionally before recently, mostly I was in cars. I use to travel regularly between Middlebury, Vermont where I lived and Burlington, the nearest big city, about 40 miles away. Although I drove through beautiful scenery, I did it so often, I came to ask whatever God might govern travel to give me back the hours spent on that drive. I was lucky, and my prayers were answered when, after a life change and moving to Coventry, I began to cycle from home to work. Now, I cycle every day, commuting, shopping, training, riding sportives and just for the joy of it.

My Moulton TRS 22 is my third English bicycle, after a Rourke that I stripped and rebuilt for Eroica in Gaiole and a Brompton folding bike. I also have a titanium van Nicholas bike that I ride in sportives and a utility Specialized that is my commuting bike. I love the history of bikes and cycling, and I’m proud of the fact that our modern diamond frame bicycles were developed and manufactured first here in Coventry by James and John Kemp Starley. My Moulton was built nearby at the Pashley factory in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Almost every day, I ride 10 kilometres or more. I rode 346 days last year; I’m hoping to do as well this year. Commuting to work is my most constant cycling, especially since I combine that with shopping and other errands. I try to ride fast a few days a week, and at least once a month I ride in a sportive for 100 km. My wife has joined me in cycling, and regularly on weekends we’ll cycle together. There isn’t much I don’t like about cycling.

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The Guvnor

The Guvnor is currently one of Pashley’s most popular gents’ bicycles and it’s easy to see why. Based on an original Pashley design for a Path Racer from the 30s the Guvnor model was introduced into the range in 2008 (with a few modern tweaks!). 

The frame itself has been designed with slack racing geometry which was classic of the time. This offers the rider a dynamic yet comfortable riding position which differs from the riding position of modern racing frames. Time is taken to handcraft each frame at the factory in Stratford-upon-Avon out of Reynolds 531 steel.

The Guvnor comes in Buckingham Black that boldly contrasts against the cream of the Schwalbe tyres which helps to create a striking bicycle that is a firm favourite with customers.

Finishing touches such as the Brooks B17 brown leather saddle with Titanium rails, locally handmade leather grips, hand-lined Westwood rims and North Road handlebars shows every element of this bicycle has been carefully thought about. Nothing has been overlooked or left to chance.

Each Guvnor goes out with its own owner’s pack which includes:

Guvnor musette in black to match the frame, a handy spare inner tube to take on a ride, a tin of Brooks Proofide to help keep the saddle in perfect condition, a King Dick spanner in 13mm & 15mm to tighten up the pedals and readjust saddle positioning and height, 6mm hex key to adjust the stem height and handlebar angle, a useful bottle of 3 in 1 oil to make sure everything runs smoothly and finally a packet of Guvnor loose leaf tea made especially for Pashley by Gillards of Bath so you can enjoy a lovely cup of tea after a long ride.

If this has sparked your interest and you fancy a closer look or even book a test ride to give the Guvnor a go please feel free to pop in and see us. If you call ahead we can make sure we have the right frame size in for you!

View the Guvnor product page

 

Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

New Moulton arrivals

We've had 3 new Moultons arrive in the shop this week - A SPEED, an SST 11 and a TSR 27 special. You'll be hearing a lot more about these in the coming weeks but feel free to pop in and see them anytime.

 

Servicing classic Moultons

I've had the pleasure of working on a few classic Moultons recently, including these two: A 1998 Land Rover APB and a 1990 AM

Battery LED lights for your Pashley

If you want a classic front light for your Pashley but don't have a dynamo front wheel then this is what you need. Spanninga Swingo front light £20 and Spanninga Pixeo rear light £16. Both available in-store now.

 

Pashley Collection Merino and shorts

Merino is perfect for summer because it's comfortable, dries quickly and doesn't smell. The men's version also has button-fastening rear pockets but if you put a banana in there to have as an energy boost whilst out on a ride don't forget about about it like I did and pop in to see your mother and sit on her new sofa with the banana still in the pocket. 

The Pashley Collection shorts can be worn to the office with a shirt or dressed down with a t-shirt. Tailored for cycling with a dipped front waist and reflective rear pocket flaps.

Gents' Attire     Ladies' Attire   

Regular customers

It's always great to see regular customers, especially Kev and Rob whilst out on their Friday morning ride. They keep promising to bring me a bacon sandwich but it's never materialised.

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International Rescue

Eroica Britannia, Sunday morning, minutes before the 25 mile ride was due to set off, a very distressed lady asked me if I could remove a frame lock from her Pashley Princess. Monya had travelled with her husband all the way from Brazil to ride in this event but had locked her bike on Saturday evening and had lost her key at some point since. Her husband had already left on one of the longer rides.

Whilst I was explaining to Monya that I'd need an angle-grinder to remove the lock, Adrian Williams from Pashley arrived on the scene and immediately sent one of his team to the Best of Britannia tent to retrieve a Pashley Princess in her size so she could take part in the ride.

After a 2 minute sizing and tune-up a Formula 1 team would have been proud of, Monya made it to the start line in good time. She returned a few hours later with a huge smile on her face to tell us about the amazing time she had.

Well done Pashley and well done Monya!

From left: Fran, The Traditional Cycle Shop; Adrian, Pashley MD; Monya from Brazil; Hannah, Blake and Chloe - all from Pashley.

From left: Fran, The Traditional Cycle Shop; Adrian, Pashley MD; Monya from Brazil; Hannah, Blake and Chloe - all from Pashley.

Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

Bike Nation by Peter Walker
I read lots and it's always non-fiction and here's a book I enjoyed so much I zapped through it in two days. Peter Walker, creator of the Guardian Bike Blog, tells us how we can achieve a healthier nation, a safer nation, a human-friendly nation... a Bike Nation. A must-read, informative investigation packed with statistics and stories.

My copy is now in The Traditional Cycle Shop lending library so feel free to come in and borrow it or donate one of your own cycling-related favourites.

Carradice Super C Courier Bag

My new everyday bag, whether I'm on the bike or not, is a Carradice Super C Courier bag. It's huge, has all the pockets you'll ever need and a chest strap to stop it slipping around when riding. This thing is bombproof and will probably outlast me.

You can view our Carradice range in-store at The Traditional Cycle Shop.

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Alex Moulton Poster

The shop has acquired an early 1980s Moulton poster for the AM range. Featuring an annotated photograph and period typography. The image in is black and white but I'm imagining the Adidas tracksuit would have been canary yellow.

We'll be adding Moulton bikes and accessories to our website later this month. 

Eroica Britannia

In two weeks time The Traditional Cycle Shop is loading the van up with Pashley and Moulton bikes and heading up to the Eroica Britannia festival in the Peak District for 3 days of cycling, shopping, music, eating and drinking. What's not to like?
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My First Pashley

I bought my first Pashley a few weeks ago and it's going to be my summer project to learn to ride it. Riding tips will be gratefully accepted.

Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

One man and his bike by Mike Carter
Ever wondered what would happen if you were cycling to the office and just kept on pedalling past? Mike Carter did just that (not just the wondering but the pedalling past bit). This is Mike’s account of his epic 5000 mile journey around the coastline of the UK. Inspiring and funny. I read it over a weekend and immediately made plans for a 500 mile summer cycling adventure (I know, but I only have 2 weeks).

 

tomsbiketrip.com
This is a really useful site for anyone planning a cycling adventure. Tom Allen gives advice on planning, bikes, gear and surviving on the road. I’ll be paying particular attention to the entry: 5 Keys To Relationship Preservation As A Couple On A Cycle Tour.
www.tomsbiketrip.com

Moulton AM GT Mk III
We took our first order for a one of these this week. The customer wanted a beautiful piece of hand-made English craftmanship to go with his recently purchased Morgan and the AM GT Mk III in stainless steel does the job. I can’t wait to see it.
Campagnolo Chorus 22 speed Drop bar £6950
Shimano Alfine 11 speed Flat bar £6350

Moulton Transport Sleeves
Need to take your Moulton in the car? Pack it away in these Transportation Sleeves and stow it safely in the boot away from prying eyes.
In-store now £79 pair.

Gentle Storm by Elbow
Great song and interesting video. See if you can spot Benedict Cumberbatch and if you don’t blink I think maybe Kevin Godley who directed the video which will look familiar if you’re as old as me. Let me know if you think it is.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONQ25RW585w

Hand-made in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Traditional Cycle Shop sits in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Avon where it meets the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and within sight of the Royal Shakespeare Company. If you’ve been following us on social media you will have seen that I like to explore the town on my bike and if I cycle from the shop along the canal towpath, after 8 minutes I’ll reach the Pashley factory on Mason’s Road.

This is where Pashley, England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer, has a team of over 50 employees designing and hand-building their bicycles and tricycles. About 40 are in design and production and the remaining are looking after customers and the day-to-day running of the company.

Pashley is very proud of the fact that in its 90-year history it has never taken production overseas and if it is unable to manufacture a component in-house it has a policy of always trying to source locally in the Midlands, then nationally in the UK followed by Europe and the Far East. The company currently supports almost 100 British component suppliers and over 85 British service and utility companies. The most famous of these suppliers are Brooks England who supply their famous leather saddles and Reynolds who supply steel tubing for the frames.

The traditionally fabricated steel frames are hand-brazed using lugs by Pashley’s skilled brazers. They are then powder-coated, assembled, quality-checked and finally boxed and taken to the despatch department. From there they go to a Pashley dealer or commercial customer in one of 50 countries around the world or will get them loaded in the van and delivered the 1.5 miles to The Traditional Cycle Shop.

One advantage of being so close to the factory is that bikes, spares or accessories can be here the next day if they are in stock. Another advantage is that if you visit The Traditional Cycle Shop on a Saturday morning you might be lucky enough to be served by Adrian Williams (Pashley MD) and hear one of his fascinating industry anecdotes!

Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

1. The Bike Show Podcast
I’m ashamed to say I only started listening to The Bike Show recently but I’ve been catching up by downloading the podcasts onto my phone and listening to an episode each morning on the way to work. Already this week presenter Jack Thurston has told me about the history of the Sturmey-Archer hub gear and Chris Boardman’s cycling story and I’m still to find out if cycling killed Kraftwerk! thebikeshow.net

2. The shop’s new Moulton TSR 22
We took delivery of a Moulton TSR 22 this week. Drop bars and Shimano 105 drivetrain. Add mudguards, custom racks and bags for touring or ride it stripped bare for a sportive. £1995. traditionalcycleshop.co.uk

3. My Howies Pilot Jacket
Ten years ago, Howies sold the Pilot Jacket. They said it would last ten years, so I bought one. It did. howies.co.uk

4. Cyclist Magazine
The current issue of Cyclist magazine has an eight-page article about the Moulton Bicycle Company. Favourite quote: “Tom Simpson said that if he wasn’t contracted to Peugeot, he’d take up the Moulton bike next week.” cyclistmag.co.uk

5. Listening to To Be Without You by Ryan Adams. 
Watch it here

Fran's Friday Five

This week I have been liking...

1. Test riding the shop's new Moulton New Series Double Pylon
Sublime ride and breathtaking looks.

2. Pashley coasters
Handmade for Pashley by Brooks England from the same leather they use for their saddles. Available in the classics black, brown and honey as well as a range of more funky colours, my favourite is the aged brown. They smell great and I’m trying to resist the temptation to Frisbee them all at Blake the next time he comes down from the Pashley factory.

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3. Watching Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix
If you like seeing how designers work then you’ll love this. From Architecture to photography to typography, eight designers share their stories and inspirations in this docuseries (apparently, that is a real word). In a previous life, I was a graphic designer and a Design & Technology teacher so I’ve watched a lot of documentaries about design and designers and having so far watched the episodes about Illustrator Christoph Niemann, Nike designer Tinker Hadfield and photographer Platon Antoniou I can say that they are fast-paced, fascinating and very entertaining. I’m trying to watch an episode each night this week, it’s a Netflix binge that will won’t leave you feeling guilty.

4. Reading Boneshaker magazine
If you like to gently caress and sniff a new magazine (or is that just me?) then you’ll love Boneshaker. Perfect bound on quality stock with a very strong design aesthetic and very beautiful. When it arrives in the shop I sneak a copy home and spend the evening reading it cover to cover. In their own words: “From all corners of the planet we gather personal stories, beautiful photographs and carefully commissioned illustrations exploring the wonderful things that happen when people and bikes come together. No training tips, race diets or adverts. It’s not how much your bike weighs that matters, but where it takes you. It’s not how fast you got there, but what you saw along the way.” Perfect.

5. Listening to B.H.S. by Sleaford Mods
Funny.

Fran's Friday Five

Welcome to my occasional series of recommendations of various things I have been enjoying. Click the links (>>) to check them out for yourself.

This week I have been liking...

1. The shop's new Pashley Delibike >>

2. Vélo Culture's Cake Stop Caddy >>

3. Following pedalnorth_images on Instagram >>

4. Reading The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture >>

5. Listening to Big Balloon by Dutch Uncles >>