British bikes?

by timlennon   July 12, 2010  

Hi All,

Sounds like my office might be getting a Cycle to Work scheme, so I may be able to get away with investing (ahem) in a new bike.

But after replacing my brake pads yesterday and seeing the big 'Made in Taiwan' sticker on my Gary Fisher, I thought it would be a good time to start a "who makes bikes over here" thread. I just thought that, if I coudl afford it, it'd be good to support some local industry!



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There are quite a few frames which are built here, such as Roberts, Dave Yates and Hewitt. Enigma make their steel frames in the UK (plus some titanium frames). But a complete bicycle is unlikely to come in under the £1000 Cycle to Work limit.

There aren't many bicycle components made in the UK, but Hope are one of the few.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1425 posts]
12th July 2010 - 12:10


I have a Cotic Roadrat frame, with a Hope headset and a Brooks B17

The rest of the parts are not from the UK but I did build the wheels myself

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posted by vorsprung [297 posts]
12th July 2010 - 14:13


I've got a Roarat frame too… but it is made in Taiwan, nothing wrong with that in my book though cos they have gotten pretty good at it over the years Smile

Pashley still make their bikes over here, and most Bromptons are made here too… think it's only parts of the Ti ones that aren't, and there's Moulton as well.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
12th July 2010 - 14:26


@tony_farrelly - it's a good point. I don't mean to diss kit that is made abroad - it's more about supporting local builders, really ...

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posted by timlennon [229 posts]
12th July 2010 - 14:46


Let's add Argos Racing Cycles to the list...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7804 posts]
12th July 2010 - 14:55


And theres that most British of brands; Mercian.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
12th July 2010 - 21:13


Are Bob Jackson still going? I miss mine almost each and every day.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1344 posts]
13th July 2010 - 10:23