Rapha’s Aodhan O’Shea writes:
With the heart of the city distant and buses infrequent it was my bicycle, a rusty Moulton AM5, which gave me my connection to this strange place. It was this bicycle that allowed me to truly discover Kyoto, far more than any other method of transportation.
via Kyoto | Rapha.
The club weekend at Bradford on Avon is fast approaching.
It takes a lot of volunteer effort to run this weekend. The organisers would greatly appreciate if you could send your application in NOW! Leaving it to the last minute only adds to the stress of running this wonderful event.
Don’t delay, send it in today!
The form was posted with issue 100 of The Moultoneer. Alternatively, download a copy here… BoA Application Form 2013
More details are on page 40 and 41 of Moultoneer 100 or view this PDF extract
How did the original Mini automobile get to be so mini? Historians generally credit the clever engineering and design concepts of Sir Alec Issigonis of the British Motor Corporation.
But Sir Alec had help.
It was Alex Moulton, an inventor, an engineer with the Bristol Aeroplane Company and Sir Alec’s friend, who designed the car’s innovative suspension system — a combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels — that contributed to its highly efficient packaging and lively handling.
Fifty years ago, Mr. Moulton (who died last year) transferred his expertise to bicycles, and the Moulton Bicycle Company still sells handbuilt bikes internationally. Moulton bikes are distinctive because of their automotive-based technology: front and rear suspension systems, small wheels and high-pressure tires that Mr. Moulton developed with Dunlop. A compact, proprietary frame made it easier for bicyclists to get on and off, compared with the traditional diamond design, and to transport.
Moulton bikes were ubiquitous in Britain in the 1960s, but they are rare on American roads. The company maintains a dealer network in the United States, however, and I took a spin on one at Harris Cyclery in West Newton, Mass. The bike was comfortable, thanks to its bump-absorbing rubber-cone suspension, and handled curves very well.
Prices range from just under $2,000 to nearly $14,000 with a stainless steel frame.
via Quirky Bike With an Auto Pedigree – NYTimes.com.
Change of eating venue for April Memorial Meeting BoA 2013.
The Riverside Inn will not be able to host us for the Saturday evening or the Sunday lunch meals.
We will now eat at The Beef and Barge, at Widbrook Marina by the
Kennet and Avon Canal, along the road to Trowbridge.
Their phone number is 01225 309318. Website: www.beefandbarge.com
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2013.
Gates at The Hall will open at 10:00 on Saturday morning.
Please give your name and membership number at the gate and proceed down the hill to the Courtyard.
Moulton Preservation, Moulton Regalia and Moulton Bicycle Company will have sales stalls in the Courtyard.
Refreshments will be available.
On Saturday evening, we will meet at The Riverside Inn, by St. Margaret’s Hall from 7 p.m. for an evening meal.
On Sunday, there will be 2 rides, a Family Ride of 10 miles and a 25 mile ride leaving from St. Margaret’s Hall at 10 a.m.
Following the rides, we will meet back at The Riverside for lunch.