Vintage bike directory

By Rosanna Holmes,
4th July 2011 - 10:31

Where to buy

Beg Bicycles 
A new brand based in Cambridgeshire which sells sit-up-and-beg bikes manufactured in Belgium with delightful names such as ‘Bella’, ‘Betty’ and ‘Bertie’ in just as beautifully named colours. Also sells picnic rugs, flasks, satchels and a ‘cutie coolbox’ for your bottles of elderflower cordial.
01223 655222; begbicycles.com

Bell’s Bicycles
Megan Williams O’Mara hires out and sells vintage and vintage-style bikes from her pretty 18th-century panelled shop in the old part of Hastings.
01424 443033; bellsbicycles.co.uk

Bobbin Bicycles
This London boutique sells Pashleys, Gazelles, Globes and other makes from Europe in a rainbow of colours and styles along with baskets, stylish helmets and more.
020 7837 3370; bobbinbicycles.co.uk

Brooks
Brooks has been making beautiful handcrafted leather saddles and other accessories since 1866.
brooksengland.com

Click Cycles
With his new business, Tony Cox services and refurbishes old bikes to make them roadworthy once more then sells them on his site and at fairs.
07970 590428; clickcycles.me

Freshtripe
A specialist online bike store that sells parts and vintage fixed and singlespeed bikes.
freshtripe.co.uk

Lee Cooper Custom Frames
Based in Coventry, Lee Cooper builds frames influenced by retro French and British bikes.
customcycleframes.blogspot.com

Paper Bicycle
Retro-style bikes and trailers made to order in Scotland by Nick Lobnitz.
01560 600369; paper-bicycle.com

Pashley
Britain’s oldest bike manufacturer, Pashley has been making bicycles since 1926 and sells worldwide.
01789 292263; pashley.co.uk

Peter's Bike
Handmade using traditional methods and contemporary materials, these new bikes are inspired by the best of vintage bikes.
07849754123; petersbike.co.uk

Rodfordvelo
Inspired by yesterday and using today's technologies, Rodfordvelo manufactures bikes with style, comfort and functionality.
01454 319960; reallyusefulbikes.co.uk

The Old Bicycle Company
Offers a selection of bicycles, components, accessories and entertainment.
01279 876193; theoldbicycleshowroom.co.uk

Velorbis
Danish manufacturer of bespoke Dutch-style bikes called such names as ‘Victoria’ for the ladies and ‘Churchill’ for the chaps, featuring neither stickers nor plastic but an elegantly embossed aluminium lion crest.
+45 3111 0030; velorbis.co.uk

Where to see

Knutsford Bicycle Museum
Set up by penny farthing enthusiast Glynn Stockdale in 1989, this museum has a well-edited collection of 70 velocipedes as well as a charming tearoom.
Knutsford Penny Farthing Museum, 92 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire
01565 653974

Snowshill Manor
The former Cotswold home of collector Charles Wade is full to bursting with extraordinary objects he amassed from around the globe in the early 20th century, including bicycles.
01386 852410; nationaltrust.org.uk

Get involved

Tally Ho! Cycle Tours
See the London sites – and learn some unusual stories behind them - astride a Pashley bicycle on one of these new cycle tours around the capital led by a guide in vintage attire.
07969 230828; tallyhocycletours.com

Taunton Tweed Cycle Chic
If you live in Somerset and want to get in on the action, check out this group of lycra-free cyclists who organise a Tweed Run to pubs in the area every spring.
tauntontweedcyclechic.com


Tweed Run

Don your finest Harris Tweed and bicycle clips and join other nattily-clad cyclists for a leisurely jaunt through the streets of London. The next event is due to be held this autumn. Read Naomi Thompson's blog about the Tweed Run in April.
tweedrun.com

To read our feature on vintage cycling, see the August issue of H&A.

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