A Moulton at Waitrose, Ampthill

Moulton bicycle in Ampthill

Moulton bicycle in Ampthill

I spotted this Moulton bicycle outside Waitrose, Ampthill, Central Bedfordshire.  It caught my eye as I have arranged to visit my friend Geoff in Hereford next weekend and he knows a thing or two about these bikes.

For myself, I’m not too well informed about these bikes, although I think they have probably been underestimated over the years.

This particular Moulton seems quite an eclectic mixture.  The frame looks as if it could be from the original 1960s stable with its straight tubes and made in an uncomplicated way.  The suspension appears based around a piece rubber.  This might seem basic by today’s standards but I reckon it was way ahead of its time.  The frame has almost certainly been resprayed.

The components appear to be more up to date.  The wheels look fairly fast with the radial spoking and slick tyres, although I’m not so sure about the hub gears and what could be in there.  Quite a few weight-saving aluminimum components are there also; the seat post, handlebar etc.

All in all, quite an interesting looking bike.  But who could ride it?  What kind of a cyclist could it belong to?  My guess, and I could be totally wrong is….

  • someone fairly tall
  • fairly affluent (parked outside Waitrose)
  • perhaps a London bound commuter (not sure about that!)
  • likes stylish things but probably driven by practicalities over appearance
  • has more than one bicycle

If you know about this bicycle, please put me straight!

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