Moulton Bicycles Company

We love this video portraying the high level of craftsmanship one finds at the workshop of the Bradford on Avon-based Moulton Bicycles Company filmed by WellPlastic Films. Moulton Bicycles’ founder, Alexander Moulton, is known as the pioneer of the small wheeled bicycle revolution which took place in 1962. All of today’s small wheeled cycles owe a debt of gratitude to the original Moulton ‘F’ frame design, which not only introduced and proved the concept of full-size bicycles with small wheels, it was also the first frame that utilized front and rear suspension systems for improved comfort and performance. The Moulton bicycle has been developed and refined constantly ever since, and is seen as one of the finest bicycles being produced all over the world.

Alexander Moulton, in the fifties an engineer with the Bristol Aeroplane Company, first rose to fame during this period because of the major role he played  in the creation of the automobile’s innovative suspension system; a combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels, that contributed to a more efficient packaging and significantly better handling. Finally in the sixties, Moulton shifted his expertise to bicycles, and the Moulton Bicycle Company was founded.

The bicycles are distinctive to this day because of their signature automotive-based technology: front and rear suspension systems and the small wheels and high-pressure tires that Moulton developed in collaboration with Dunlop. The compact, proprietary frame makes it easier for bicyclists to get on and off, compared with the traditional diamond design, and to transport the bicycles when needed. Even after decades of developments, bicycles that are one of a kind.

Moulton bicycles are both made from the highest craftsmanship and are highly appealing to the eye which is beautifully caught by WellPlastic. Alexander  Moulton passed away on the 9th of December 2012, at the age of 92, only months after this video was recorded.

For more information on the beautiful bicycles of Moulton see here and on the work of WellPlastic here.

(Via culture and life)