Summer Bike

It is said that one can never have only one Moulton. My first Moulton (a 1964 Deluxe) was my only Moulton for a while, but it soon found itself sharing the bike shed with other Moulton siblings. I now have 2 Mark 3's from the 1970s, of which one is a town bike, and the other is still being restored.

So I really only have one touring and day ride bike, and that is an APB Fx8. And last night, I finally decided that summer had arrived, and it was time to put it into summer mode.

Firstly I removed the rack and mudguards. If it's wet I tend to take my Mk3 which has mudguards, and these SKS mudguards are pretty much shot at this stage, so off they go. The rack is very easy to remove and reinstall, so I'll put it back on next time I need it. In the meantime, I'll leave it off to save some weight.

In winter I use a SON dynohub with a B+M Lumotec front light. This lights up the road superbly and I've been known to go for a joyride through the backroads of north Meath in total darkness. This has been replaced with an Ultegra front hub, with Rigida Xplorer 24 hole rim.

At the back I'm now running a Shimano Capreo 24 hole and another Rigida Xplorer rim. The Capreo is a 9-26 cassette which gives a great range, and a nice top gear, which is important on a small wheel bike.

On my winter wheels, I'm using Schwalbe City Jet tyres (sadly no longer available in 406 size). These are relatively narrow at 32mm, but are good and sturdy, and have protected me from the puncture fairy for quite a while. For the summer, I am using Continental Grand Prix tyres, which are nice and light weight. I'm tempted to try Schwalbe Stelvios on the APB, but the Contis have plenty of miles left in them, and I also have a few spares, that I really should use first.

Of course, it has been raining all day today, but the forecast is good, so hopefully I'll go for a nice 50km ride later this evening or tomorrow morning... tomorrow is a bank holiday here.

Moulton TSR Racks

The Moulton designed, but Pashley built TSR is a beautiful machine, and a gigantic improvement over the Pashley Moulton APB that the TSR replaces.


But one thing that some Moultoneers are not happy about is the rear rack situation. The APB had a large platform rack, which was supported by a strut that extended from the back of the rack to the bottom of the seat tube, near the bottom bracket. In fact most Moulton models since 1970 have had this arrangement.


However, soon after the TSR launched, it became clear that the design of the rear triangle seemed to preclude this arrangement. It seemed to take quite a long time for the racks to become available, too. When it did arrive, the TSR rack was supported from above by 2 struts which attach to the top of the seat tube.


People I have spoken to don't seem to like this as much as the old APB arrangment, but the concept is growing on me. The APB rack wasn't the most stable, and was prone to shimmy at high speeds. Next time you see one, grab the sides of the rack and see how much you can move them up and down. Having 2 supporting struts must surely improve this situation.


Rack pictures are from the TSR accessories brochure from Pashley

Rare AM on eBay again

Just spotted eBay item number 280116860315 this morning. It would normally be somewhat of a rarity on eBay, except that this same bike was sold on eBay just a few months ago. I expect that the bidding on this will go skyward...

It's true beauty can not really be appreciated from that photo of the bike lying on it's side on the carpet !! There are much better photos of a similar bike here

The Moulton AM series was first produced in 1983 and was the original spaceframe Moulton. It is still being produced to order at the Moulton factory in Bradford on Avon.

Most AM models were (and still are) made from Reynolds 531 tubing, but the AM-Speed S (along with the AM-GT) was made from stainless steel (except for the seat tube and front forks). Unlike the AM-GT, however, this model is non-separable.

There are a few photos of the rarer AM models on these Japanese websites.
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