Sir Alex Moulton just celebrate his 90th birthday last week….
….Happy Birthday Sir..
Seeing this new F-frame from Moulton website quite an exciting rebirth of the F-frame… stainless steel!!…
not sure if it will be available to the public.. probably not… surely, it is a beauty….
A Remarkable Bicycle for a Remarkable Man 9th April 2010
Dr. Alex Moulton was born on April 9th 1920, and, ninety years later, The Moulton Bicycle Company has created a special bicycle to mark the occasion. This bicycle, the first result of ‘Project Sixty’, was presented by the company to Alex Moulton on his ninetieth birthday, in celebration of his astonishing contribution to the bicycle industry.
This bicycle is an all-stainless steel interpretation of the enduringly popular ‘F’-frame design that was pioneered by Alex Moulton in 1962. The bicycle shares some of its features with the latest Moulton Speed, including the use of Reynolds 953 stainless steel and detailed improvements to the legendary Moulton leading link front suspension.
Built by The Moulton Bicycle Company’s highly-skilled silver brazers, this is the first ‘F’-frame bicycle to be created at the Bradford on Avon factory for over thirty years. It is equipped with a two-speed ‘Duomatic’ hub gear, original Moulton 17″ wheels and a rather special Brooks leather saddle.3 comments
Alex Moulton’s memoirs have recently been published by Rolls Royce Heritage.
“In this new book, Dr. Alex Moulton recounts, in his own words, his lifetime in engineering. The whole story – from building steam cars as a teenager, and working under Roy Fedden at Bristol Aeroplane, through the development of rubber suspension systems that led to collaboration with BMC, Dunlop and Sir Alec Issigonis in the creation of Hydrolastic and Hydragas, to the revolutionary Moulton bicycle that, together with the Mini, became an icon of the swinging sixties – is told in Dr. Moulton’s characteristic direct style.”
The Memoirs are available for purchase on-line at the following link… Alex Moulton Books.contribute
The new Moulton SPEED is the first production Moulton bicycle to weigh in at less than 20lb (9.1kg)- quite some feat for a full-suspension road bike.
As befits a special bicycle, the Moulton SPEED is equipped with Campagnolo Super Record components, and is fitted with Moulton’s own seat pillar and handlebar stem in Reynolds 953. The distinctive spaceframe design is constructed entirely from stainless steel. Every joint is silver-brazed, and the entire frameset is laboriously polished to mirror finish. With no paint to scratch, the Moulton SPEED can be returned to ‘as new’ condition with the application of metal polish.
The time-honoured combination of the low aerodynamic drag, the rapid acceleration afforded by the small wheels, the low rolling resistance and the superlative comfort of the well-proven Moulton suspension, make the Moulton SPEED a perfect choice for the performance-orientated Sportive rider as well as those who just want to go out for a blast round the lanes.
The Moulton SPEED will be available from mid-2010.contribute
We got into Tokyo on Saturday evening. The flight form SF was amazing. Japan airline is my favorite airline now, they did not hassle with me about the large bike cases I have with me, no question about what in the cases, no large baggage fee charge. I think it is because I paced the box and did not go over the 50lb weight limit. I brought Alex Moulton for my girlfriend, and the Track bike for myself. We checked in at Westin hotel in Ebisu. Sunday we got up real early to build the bike and hit the road.
Met up with Yohei at W-base. W-Base is a well known track bike shop. Yohei used to be messenger in San Francisco, he moved back to Tokyo last year and now he is w-base store manager. Of course, many people that in town for CMWC show up one after another while we were at W-Base.
After that I went to register for the race at B1 building, also in Shibuya. The CMWC Tokyo registration team is very well organize. the location set in the basement of the building. You walk down and come to the first table which check your name take your payment, they gave me a package which includes wrist band for oot down competition, race number sign to attach on my bag, my number is 69. Then along the line they would take my picture to make ID card, this Id card is use to enter various event that happening every night.
Lots of people show up at the registration office and flocked the whole street with messengers boys and girls and their bikes, their bag and even their sleeping bag sleeping on the street.
After the registration we went to Club Asia to see Goldsprint race. Club Asia is also in Shibuya. the party start early at 3pm. Again , tons of people showed up and flocked the whole single lane street. By night time about 9pm, the whole street go even more crazy because people would come out the the near by bar…
Some other messenger groups, San Francisco crew are down the street hanging out in front of 7/11, I thought that was funny, drunk messengers decided to pick 7/11 as their drinking base..
Overall, I think lots of people from around the world showed up for the event. We get to meet, Irish, Scottish, Finish, Taiwanesse, Swedes, French, German, and even Australian. Everyone s happy to be in Tokyo, to share their stories, to exchange culture, and best of all, to make new friends.
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Finally- landed in Bangkok- I'll be here for two months!
I just wanted to say ”thanks” to all my friends in San Francisco who, in the last minutes before my departure, equipped me with all these goodies needed for CycleZine to organize a very big alleycat race here in Bangkok. Please stay tuned for the schedule.
lion thanks to:
Box Dog Bikes
Thanks guys. SF represents very strong in Bangkok.
And of course, not to forget- the Moulton is being happily transported to Bangkok in this roomy Serfas bike case.
Voila… it’s Summer!!! That means it was time for an update on my red Alex Moulton AM-7. This time it took me almost half a day at Boxdog’s busy workshop space where the following work was done: Replacing the old drop bars and bar-end shifters with new riser bars and gear shifter, as well as brake levers, and the standard Oury grips. Since I rarely go down in the drops, I figured this would be a new and welcome change. Riser bars enable me to sit up a bit, now more of my weight is pressed on the seat where it should be rather than my arms. The width was at first about 50 cm before Ian at Boxdog helped to cut the bars down. I got home and decided that narrower bar would help reduced the flex, so I chopped out more bar down to 38cm. The handing is much better now, not quick and swaying…9 comments
My good friend, and fellow Moultoneer, Erik Zo handed me a bag full of Alex Moulton goodies a couple weeks ago… If you don’t know Erik, he is one of the most interesting guys you can ever hope to meet. His love of bicycles is rooted deep in his bones and I know his veins pump nothing but vintage Campagnolo grease.
In the 1980s, Erik started making bags for messengers and has been doing the same thing ever since – his work is traditional and, most importantly, hand made in the exact same way he’s been doing it for more than 20 years. Aside from his vast knowledge of all things related to sewing, fabric, and how to find anything for free, Erik has also had quite an illustrious cycling career stretching far back into his youth. A road racer turned courier, and now a widely recognized World Champion in cargo bike events as well as having multiple Cycle Courier Championships under his belt, Erik has raced across the world and collected countless victories and stories along his two-wheeled trip.
We like to consider Erik something of an Oracle here in San Francisco, he possesses a wealth of knowledge, an infallible authority, prophetic opinion, and a happens to brew one hell of a cup of coffee. When he opens up and starts sharing stories about bikes, I would drop just about any date just to listen and be part of the conversation. His smile is infectious when he gets on a roll and starts talking excitedly about some of the most obscure and rare bicycle parts in the world. Not only does he know the precise threading of an impossible to find Swiss headset, but he can tell you the history of the company that made it as well as which racers won or lost using the same equipment. Erik’s stories of San Francisco are even more amazing, as he has been around to experience so much that many of us were not involved in. The best word I can think of to describe Erik is “giving”, he is happy to give advice, give opinions, give knowledge, and give history — he shares his stories at no cost and I really appreciate that. He’s a walking encyclopedia for all things punk, all things DIY, and all things related to the bicycle. He does not discriminate, nor does he narrow his focus – instead, he collects all the wisdom he can on any and every subject and that makes him a very amazing individual.
Ok, back to his latest gift -in the bag of goodies that he so nicely donated to me were the following items: Two books by Tony Hadland (the Moulton bicycle, 1980 and The Spaceframe Moultons, 1994), some old brochures (even Japanese editions), an old Moultoneer publication, a few catalogs and AM-7 & AM-2 assembly instructions.
I was so stoked. I’ve had my AM since last december, but have to admit, I’ve never taken it apart- I couldn’t figure it out since the spaceframe is a very complex bicycle. As a fellow mechanical engineer, I must say of Sir Alex Moulton that he is beyond genius. His dedication produce an amazing invention that’s not so quite easy to decode still amazes me.
Let me say no more, I’ll let these illustrations speak for themselves.
Click on the images below. Best viewed LARGE! Enjoy!
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Stay tuned for more “ZO’s Gifts” posts to come in the future!2 comments
Steve AKA Papalok on sffixed.com board asked if I could get a picture of my Moulton spaceframe sitting next to the iconic San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Structural engineering at its best.. here go buddy…contribute
Bike Porn!!! we love bike porn. This month, I have some new photo of some update/upgrade parts on my candy red AM-7. Took a donated/swooped brook Swift from Bernard and Anna, thank you brother and sister!! and left rear rack and fender on.