The Guvnors’ Assembly

A splendid Bunch of Chaps!

With a love for a Superb Bicycle!

Pop along and take a gander!

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click here for more Guvnor Japes!

Published in: on March 23, 2013 at 09:43  Leave a Comment  

Sturmey-Archer Heritage


A Splendid Site!

The first 100 years………

This site is intended to help preserve the heritage of Sturmey-Archer and to record the various components produced during the 20th century.

Frank Bowden had purchased a bicycle company initially located in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, England and his engineers worked with ideas from Henry Sturmey and James Archer resulting in the first Sturmey-Archer 3-speed bicycle gear hub patent in 1902.This is all described in much more detail in “The Sturmey-Archer Story”, a 1987 book by Tony Hadland. This website is intended to be a more pictorial history.

This site has grown ,as friends from around the world, have contributed more and more ancient images. To help with navigating the site we have added filters below, which enable  short-cuts to be taken  to the information required.

The site deliberately does not refer to individuals but it is dedicated to all employees who have helped make Sturmey-Archer a world renowned supplier of high quality cycle components.

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for more info please click here Sturmey-Archer Heritage .

Published in: on March 20, 2013 at 10:11  Leave a Comment  

Bobbin Bicycles Scout has arrived!


Bobbin Scout
£499 / Available March 2013


Bobbin Scout

Lusted over by both boys & girls, the Scout comes fitted with rack and bottle cage bosses for all your adventure needs.

NOTE! Although not pictured, scout will also have chrome mudguards included.


Vintage-style Audax bike
Steel frame
Sizes 19″, 21″ & 23″


For more Beautiful and outstanding Bicycles click here

Published in: on March 18, 2013 at 12:03  Leave a Comment  

Simpson Magazine – Home

Simpson Magazine out now!

Welcome to Simpson

Simpson is a new independent magazine about British road cycling. Whether you’re just starting out or a hardened club rider, we offer a unique insight from the very heart of cycling. Simpson is frank and has a sense of humour. It will take no prisoners but it’s also very proud of the rich heritage of British cycling.

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Read All About It!

Simpson Magazine – Home.

Published in: on March 14, 2013 at 11:42  Leave a Comment  

Bicycle barometer: bike or bunk the commute

What a Splendid bit of Fun!

Bicycle Barometer

At this time of the year, having a choice of transport can be the enemy of the cycle commuter; it’s understandable that the sight of frost or freezing fog on a dull winter’s morning can have even the enthusiastic cyclist reaching for the car keys or Oyster card, but it doesn’t make the decision to leave the bike at home an easy one to make. The bicycle barometer offers to make the choice on your behalf.

bicycle barometer

The bicycle barometer uses an internet connection to establish weather conditions on your route, the status of the tube lines you use to get to work, and whether your local station is open or shut.

It then digests all that data down into a single value and displays it on a dial with a bike sign at one end and a tube sign at the other. For example, if it is raining a bit the dial will move a bit towards the tube sign, but if the tube is suffering delays, it will move a bit back in the other direction.
Snow is more important than a bit of drizzle; the tube station being shut trumps everything.

The instructions for building one are available here

Bicycle barometer: bike or bunk the commute | ETA.

Published in: on February 9, 2013 at 10:31  Leave a Comment  

Winter Cycling

This is about as close as I am getting to cycling at the mo, what with the weather and a brace of colds and chesty coughs! Ho hum pass the spanner and a single malt whilst I tinker away on the old Peugeot!

Published in: on February 3, 2013 at 22:20  Leave a Comment  

Winter Cycling

This is about as close as I am getting to cycling at the mo, what with the weather and a brace of colds and chesty coughs! Ho hum pass the spanner and a single malt whilst I tinker away on the old Peugeot!

Published in: on February 3, 2013 at 13:28  Leave a Comment  

Orbital Cycling Festival

2013 will see the inaugural Orbital Cycling Festival – a new cycling festival with races for Men, Women and Kids as well as an exhibition area with plenty for the whole family to see and enjoy. Orbital Cycling Festival 2013 will be at the World famous Goodwood Motor Circuit. What better surrounding to race, ride and enjoy this fantastic sport.

Taking Part

The Orbital Cycling Festival is designed to be accessible by all – novice rider, club racer or weekend warrior – there is something for everyone. We encourage everyone to get involved with the various events – kids, disability, mum, dad, young, old, it really doesn’t matter. All you need is a bike and a helmet and to have booked you race entries in advance…. Orbital will be all inclusive cycling at its very best!

But I’m not a competitive cyclist – can I come?

The short answer is ‘YES’!! Orbital is designed with families in mind and there will be plenty for everyone to do – family rides around the perimeter cyclocross course, watch the Animal Bike Tour, have a go a roller racing, take part in the family relay, visit the historic town of Chichester, have a ride around the Goodwood estate and take in the views from the top of the South Downs.


Full camping facilities will be available at Orbital Cycling Festival. You’ll be able to camp a few hundred yards away from Goodwood Motor Circuit and enjoy showering and toilet facilities. With up to 600 camping plots, we can accommodate tents, camper vans and caravans.

More information about camping at Orbital Cycling Festival can be seen here.

Orbital Cycling Festival


Published in: on January 8, 2013 at 17:45  Leave a Comment  

Happy Xmas Everyone

Happy Xmas Everyone


Have a Splendid Naughty New Year!

Make iT Merry

Published in: on December 22, 2012 at 10:55  Leave a Comment  

Cities fit for Cycling

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Dear Reader

A year ago, a journalist at The Times was very seriously injured while cycling to work. Mary Bowers, a much loved and hugely talented reporter, survived the accident but is only minimally conscious and is still recovering in hospital.

We make no apology for having begun a campaign on such a personal basis, only an apology for not having begun one earlier. Since Mary’s accident, more than 100 cyclists have died on Britain’s roads.

Today, a cross-party Parliamentary inquiry will open to investigate ways of encouraging more people to cycle.

The panel of ten MPs has agreed to incorporate your views into this study. We ask you, our 36,000 pledged supporters, to complete a short questionnaire for use in the inquiry. You can do so here:

In four weeks, we will pass on your responses to the Parliamentary team as it calls for written submissions of evidence. The panel’s report, which will be published in early 2013, should promote cycling as a safe, viable means of transport.

The Times Cities fit for Cycling campaign is not just committed to seeing meaningful improvements in cycle safety but the transformation of the urban environment so that people can cycle happily, healthily and safely in Britain’s cities.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

James Harding
Editor of The Times

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Published in: on November 6, 2012 at 09:41  Leave a Comment  
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