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Bicycles, frames and bike accessories made in the UK

If you owned a bike in the 1980s or before in the UK, the chances are it was British-made. If you own one today, most likely it’s made abroad.

My 1980s Falcon racing bike was made in England. It is superb quality and a rides like a dream despite its age. Falcon Cycles is still going. The company owns and sometimes uses a number of different former British bicycle brands including Elswick, Hopper, Holdsworth (the Holdsworth brand is also used by Far East manufacturer Planet X Bikes), Falcon, British Eagle, Coventry Eagle (also previously a motorcycle manufacturer), Townsend, Wearwell and Claud Butler. The same company (Tandem) now owns Dawes cycles too. Like Raleigh Cycles, Falcon and Dawes (Tandem) do not make bikes in the UK nowadays, all their bicycles now being foreign made.

Sadly Raleigh stopped manufacturing bikes in the UK in 2002 (having already ceased volume production of bikes in the UK in 1999), and is no longer British owned, but at one point it was making more bikes than any other company in the world. Raleigh also made three-wheel cars (these operations were later spun off in 1934 to form the independent Reliant motor company) and mopeds (up until 1971).

Over the years Raleigh / Tube Investments Group / TI-Raleigh subsumed in various ways other famous British bike makers including Phillips Cycles, Triumph Cycles and BSA CyclesRudge Whitworth CyclesNorman Cycles (Rambler), Carlton Cycles, Sun Cycles,  Armstrong CyclesHercules Cycle (the Hercules brand still lives on in India, along with Philips and BSA, as part of the TI Cycles of India company, with production taking place in India still), Brooks (now Italian owned – see below), Sturmey-Archer (now Taiwanese owned and made in Taiwan), Moulton (now an independent company again – see below), and Reynolds (now an independent company again – see below).

During the mid-1970s Falcon produced a range of UK made Eddie Merckx branded cycles, as well as their own brand bikes. These were on sale in the UK and at the same time a company Kessel of Belgium produced Eddie Merckx branded cycles for sale in Europe. There is a Belgium company called Eddie Merckx selling Eddie Merckx branded cycles today but these are made in the Far East I think.

Ernie Clements appears to have been a designer at Falcon Cycles at some point, designing the Eddie Merckx branded cycles by Falcon mentioned above, various Falcon bikes, and a range of Falcon Ernie Clements branded cycles too. He also had a cycle shop in Ledbury, Herefordshire in his later years.

Harry Quinn Cycles was a bicycle maker in Liverpool (in the 1980s the company moved to South Wales, with bikes having been made at both locations). The business began in 1890 as Coronet Cycles, with their last frame being build in 1993 when the company was wound up. At one point Falcon Cycles were badged as Harry Quinn, but did not carry the Harry Quinn frame numbering system. Harry Quinn bikes were apparently known for their short wheelbase and steep angles, relative to other marques and for being lightweight cycles. Frames were mostly Reynolds but sometimes used Italian made Columbus tubing. Judging by the prices (£230 – £775) in their 1988 brochure, these were high-end bicycles. Many famous cyclists rode Harry Quinn bikes including former World Champion Reg Harris (more normally associated with Raleigh) and 1959 Milk Race winner Bill Bradley. Mr Harry Quinn also designed bikes for Viking Cycles and Falcon. From 1981-89, Townsend and Falcon were licensed to use the Harry Quinn brand, after Harry retired. He and his son Peter bought back the name in 1989 and started making frames again in Wales. During this period in the 1980s various attempts were made to cash in on the the brand name by having HQ bikes made in Ireland, in England and even aboard (possibly in Japan?). Pre-1980 and post-1989 frames will carry a frame number in the format Qxxxx.

Viking bicycles were made in England from the mid 1930s (the company was founded in 1908 as a cycle assembler) until their demise in 1967. The brand then went through various ownerships and manufacturing locations. During the 1970s it appears the Viking factory in Wolverhampton made Lambert / Viscount bikes and that production was later moved to Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Lambert / Viscount bikes were popular in the USA (Viscount “the aerospace bike”) and are seemingly best remembered for their aluminium “Death Fork” and various other bits snapping off. The Viking name is currently owned by a company called Avocet based in Manchester, with manufacturing taking place in the Far East.

Many independent cycle shops have closed in recent years (for example Braggs in Abingdon; A. S. Gillott of Camberwell, London who also used to make bikes), but there are still some around. For example Graham Weigh (Deeside Cycles) in Shotton, Deeside sold their own brand of frame badged as Graham Weigh and now only sell / repair bikes. Ellis Briggs is a bicycle shop, based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England.  Post WW2 they started building their own frames and I understand they still do so today. There are others.

New foreign made mass produced bikes are just not in the same league quality wise as British made ones.

A vintage Raleigh Record racing (road) bike.  Made in England.

A vintage Raleigh Record racing (road) bike. Made in England.

The made in England decal on the vintage Raleigh Record racing (road) bike above

The TI made in England decal (sticker) on the vintage Raleigh Record racing (road) bike above.

A red Falcon Black Diamond road bike, designed by Ernie Clements and made in Lincolnshire, England of "Tru-Wel electrical resistance welded steel tubes".  Made in England

A red 10 speed Falcon Black Diamond road bike, designed by Ernie Clements and made in Lincolnshire, England of “Tru-Wel electrical resistance welded steel tubes”. Made in England.  From the 1970s or 1980s?

The Made in England Falcon badge on the above bike.  Flacon Black Diamonds were produced from the 1960s - 1980s apparently.

The Made in England Falcon badge on the above bike. Flacon Black Diamonds were produced from the 1960s – 1980s apparently.  

Reynolds 531SL Fork Blades

Reynolds is a manufacturer of tubing for bicycle frames and other bicycle and non-bicycle components (such as wheelchairs, sports cars, motorcycles, and industry) in Birmingham, England. They were established in 1898 and are still going. Some Reynolds products are foreign made these days, for example the Reynolds “520” steel alloy range is made under license for Reynolds in Taiwan. Reynolds have supply partners in Taiwan, China and South Africa for their higher volume products. They still have a UK factory, but UK production now appears to be limited to specialist or custom-made steel and titanium tubing applications and made-to-order products. Their website gives some limited information on country of origin but you will need to ask Reynolds directly to be clear on where a particular product is made - http://reynoldstechnology.biz

Brooks England still make most of their bicycle saddles in England, but most of their cycle bags, handlebar tape and so on are made in Italy or China.  The company are Italian owned. They make one or two cycling rucksacks in the UK, e.g. the Eton leather satchel and the Piccadilly leather knapsack. There’s an interesting article about Brooks that tells you something of their history here - http://www.brooksengland.com

South London Saddles repair and recover saddles in leather in a design of your choice - http://www.southlondonsaddles.com

Sturmey-Archer are now Taiwanese owned and manufacture only in Taiwan. 

Pashley classic black bike in Oxford August 2012

Of course in Brompton and Pashley, both UK-owned with factories in west London and Stratford-upon-Avon respectively, there is genuine reason for cheer. Brompton is now the largest volume bicycle manufacturer in this country, with Pashley, who made the last all UK-sourced bike in 1986, before Michelin closed their tyre factory in Stoke-on-Trent, not far behind. 

Brompton s2l-x bikes.  Made in England.

Brompton s2l-x bikes. Made in England.

Pashley Cycles Guv'nor bicycle.  Made in England.

Pashley Cycles Guv’nor bicycle. Made in England.

Pashley Cycles is England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, all their bikes are made in England. Their range includes classic and commuter bikes as well as retro beach cruisers. Adult and children’s tricycles provide stability and pleasure on three wheels, with a range of trikes for those with special needs. Pashley also supplies high-quality work bikes, cargo bikes and load carrier tricycles for industrial and commercial use, offering companies an economical and environmentally friendly alternative for transporting food and equipment, vending, or delivering post. Note that Pashley also sell a child seat, racks and a basket made by Pletscher of Switzerland. They also sell a range of British made bagshttp://www.pashley.co.uk

Pashley Clubman Urban bicycle.  Made in England.

Pashley Clubman Urban bicycle. Made in England.

Also, there are folding / separable bikes with small wheels from the Moulton Bicycle Company, which are made in England. The Moulton Bicycle Company manufactures beautifully engineered small wheeled bicycles in Bradford-on-Avon. Moulton pioneered the small wheeled bicycle revolution 50 years ago and has continuously developed and refined this concept. Today it offers a range of models for touring, sport, racing, audax, commuting and leisure use. All Moulton bicycles are made in England, except for the Bridgestone Moulton which is made in Japan. I assume some or all Moulton accessories are UK made, but do check before buying. In 1967 Moulton was taken over by Raleigh. In the early 1980s, Alex Moulton bought back the rights to the Moulton design from Raleigh and the company was once more independent. In 2008 Moulton merged with fellow British bicycle manufacturer Pashley Cycles - http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk

 

Moulton AM202 bike. Made in England.

Brompton Bicycle is a manufacturer of folding bicycles based in Brentford, London. All Bromptons are designed and built in England. Brompton state their philosophy is “a product that increases people’s independence and freedom” and they describe he Brompton as “a personal transport solution, allowing people to rethink and vary and adapt their journeys at will; their Brompton sets them free from the constraints imposed by the combustion engine, city planners, the weather, public transport administrators, bike thieves and countless other layers of complexity”. Brompton also have a stolen bikes database, which appears to be a rather good idea. There’s a Brompton World Championship race. There are Brompton shops or your can buy online or from a dealer. Brompton sell a range of spares, available from dealers. They also sell accessories but I am not sure where these are made as country of origin is not stated on their website, although some are certainly British made fro example the Chapman Brompton Game Bag. You can also hire a Brompton from various locations across the UK - http://brompton.com

Brompton S1E folding bicycle.  Made in England

Brompton S1E folding bicycle. Made in England

But what if you don’t want a separable or folding bike or an upright? Well there are still a few small companies producing hand built frames such as Mercian CyclesShand, Ted James, Wilson Cycles, Villiers-Velo, Roberts Cycles, Chickens Frame Emporium, Orange Mountain Bikes  (note that whilst high end Orange bikes are built in Yorkshire using components from all over the world, Orange entry level bikes are made in Taiwan) and 14 Bike Company. Lee Cooper make frames in the UK for the 14 Bike Company.

Enigma Bikes make bikes and frames in the UK. Thorn (St. John Street Cycles) touring bikes are assembled in Bridgwater to customer specifications; it is not clear from their website but seemingly using mostly foreign made components including foreign made frames. Vickers Bicycle Company build frames and wheels and assemble in Britain. Sven Cycles are hand built in Dorset, England (also available from Meccanica). Starley Bikes are built in the UK (also available from Meccanica). Woodsman Bicycle Company bikes are made in England, using Reynolds tubing. Stanforth Bikes are built in the UK; their Kibo cross over is made using Reynolds 631 tubing by Lee Cooper. Gladstone Motorcycles also make bicycles, using a Mercian frames and forks made from 725 Reynolds tubing. Baldwin Titanium specialise in building high end, custom fitted titanium bicycle frames and each and every bike is hand crafted in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England. Sword Cycles hand build steel cycle frames, forks and complete bikes in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England. Steve Goff Cycles make custom built cycle frames and complete bicycles.

Prices for bike handbuilt in the UK can be very reasonable. You can specify British made components for your bike.

Cotic mountain bikes are currently assembled in the UK using pre-painted Taiwanese made frames and other foreign made components. Starting in 2014 all their droplink full suspension frames (such as the Rocket) will be produced in the UK at their sister company Bicycle Manufacturing Limited, in South Yorkshire. Bicycle Manufacturing Limited (BML) is a new venture that hopes to make bicycle frames and components in the UK, starting with some for Cotic, and they hope to be able to compete with Taiwanese factories on price but with greater flexibility on production and speed of development. Eventually they hope to be able to manufacture for other brands too - http://www.bicyclemanufacturing.co.uk

Hope Technology (IPCO) Ltd make bike components and lights in England. Ultimate Sports Engineering (USE), parent company of Exposure lights which I mention below, also produce bike components in the UK. 

Middleburn Cycle Components Ltd in Surrey make British made bicycle components; chainwheels, spiders and cranks, all 100% made in their factory in the UK - http://www.middleburn.co.uk

As far as I can gather, BETD own brand bike components are made in the UK (please note they sell foreign made bikes and bike gear) - http://www.mountainbikecomponents.co.uk

A few small companies make bicycle lights in the UK, such as Exposure Lights, Hope Technology (mentioned above) and Lumicycle. I use a Clulite (Cluson Engineering) small torch attached to my handlebars as my front head light and it’s very bright and an old made in England Eveready red light at the rear (sadly Eveready no longer make bike lights in the UK), backed up by tiny modern flashing lights front and rear. Clulite also make purpose made cycle lights.

VINTAGE EVEREADY 1960's BICYCLE LAMP.  Made in England.  Sadly Everready no longer made bike lights in the UK.

VINTAGE EVEREADY 1960′s BICYCLE LAMP.  Made in Britain. This is an exceptionally well designed and well made light.  Sadly Eveready no longer made bike lights in the UK.

CLULITE (BIK-1) BIKE/HEAD LIGHT

CLULITE (BIK-1) BIKE/HEAD LIGHT

For the safety of others it is essential you have a bell on your bicycle. As far as I know Lion Bellworks are the only company currently manufacturing bicycle bells in the UK. Lion Bellworks produces high-quality solid brass bells based in retro designs, and is particularly proud of the ring, which it describes as having “a musical quality that is loud and clear with a long sustain”. Parts are manufactured in Birmingham and Barnsley, England. The bells are assembled in Manchester. You can see and hear a Lion Bell in the YouTube video below  - http://www.lionbellworks.co.uk

BRASS BICYCLE BELL by Lion Bellworks.  British made.

BRASS BICYCLE BELL by Lion Bellworks. British made.

Mucky Nutz mudguards for mountain bikes are all made in the UK - http://www.muckynutz.com

Mudhugger mudguards for mountain bikes are also all made in the UK (with the exception of the frame tape) - https://www.themudhugger.co.uk

Powa Products mudguards for mountain bikes are all made in the UK too - http://www.powa-products.com

Full Windsor (folding) mudguards are NOT made in the UK.

It is stated on the Freeman’s Cycles website that Spencer mudguards (or at least the ones featured there) are manufactured in the UK. I wrote to Spencer Manufacturing Ltd to try to confirm this on 11th July 2014, but they have not replied to my email. Please check with Spencer yourself if you are thinking of buying any of their products , as to whether they are still British made or not.

Crud Products was founded in 1991. They make mudguards for mountain bikes and road bikes. They design, manufacture and test all their products in the UK. I found their products on the Cycle Solutions websites, but they are elsewhere on the web too - http://www.crudproducts.com

Crud Road Racer Mudguards MK2.  Made in the UK.

Crud Road Racer Mudguards MK2. Made in the UK.

Duck Smart bicycle and car spray or foam cleaning products are made in the UK –  http://www.duck-smart.com

Fenwick’s bike care products are all manufactured in the UK (as incidentally is 95% of their packaging as well) – cycle cleaning fluids, bike and chain cleaning sponges, grease and oils, maintenance kits, and tubeless sealant. Fenwick’s also make caravan, motorhome, tent and awning (cleaning and re-proofing) care products in the UK. http://www.fenwicks.info

Fenwicks Stealth road bike chain lube.  Made in the UK

Fenwicks Stealth road bike chain lube. Made in the UK

Some Purple Harry’s Bike Cleaning products are manufactured in Great Britain, for example their bike floss, super sponge, bike maintenance spray, and chain lube. For other products check country of origin before buying - http://www.purpleharry.co.uk

Bicycles are best kept inside, but that is not always possible. There’s some advice here in the Guardian about how to stop your cycle being stolen - tips I have heard include – always use a lock (or better still 2 different locks) and never use a cheap lock, make sure you don’t attach your bike to something that can easily be broken, moved or lifted off, leave it where there is good light, CCTV and lots of people if possible (remember even the busiest streets empty out eventually and watch out for deliberate flat tyres), lock the frame and wheels, remove accessories, and register your bike.  More detailed bicycle security advice can be found here.

Squire Snaplok (a carabiner shaped combination bicycle lock) and Squire wall / ground anchors are made in Britain. Only high end Squire products are made in the UK nowadays, with most Squire products being foreign made - http://www.squirelocks.co.uk

Squire Snaplok Combination Lock - Black, 26 cm.  Made in Britain.

Squire Snaplok Combination Lock – Black, 26 cm. Made in Britain.

Bulldog Security products are mostly made in the UK and include chains and ground anchors. These products are more aimed at motorbikes, caravans and trailers than bicycles - http://www.bulldogsecure.com

Tklamp is a new product, a device is focused on locking the bike at the crank arm and chain stay, possible destined for release sometime soon and set to be made in the UK by the Man Group co-operative - http://www.man-group.co.uk

For British made padlocks for chains, please see my section on padlocks.

Pragmasis (securityforbikes.com; formerly torc-anchors.com) manufacture in the UK ground anchors, security chains (suitable as bike locks) and shed shackles, useful for a variety of securing applications including securing bicycles and motorbikes. They also supply Squire padlocks to go with these products, some of which are made in the UK (you will have to ask which or better still ask Squire - only Squire high-end high security padlocks are made in the UK nowadays). The raw chain from Europe but the specialised treatment – cutting, hardening, de-embrittlement and electro-plating are all done by companies in the West Midlands and the final cutting-to-length and sleeving at the unit in Tamworth. Each chain comes with a woven polyester sleeve - http://securityforbikes.com

Pragmasis Protector 11mm Security Chain.  Made in the UK.

Pragmasis Protector 11mm Security Chain. Finished in the UK.

Cyclehoop specialises in producing innovative indoor and outdoor cycle parking infrastructure, for local authorities, business and the home. Cyclehoop design, manufacture and install their own products, which are made in the UK (they also sell a few foreign made products) - http://www.cyclehoop.com

Cyclehoop Lambeth Bikehangar.  Made in Britain.

Cyclehoop Lambeth Bikehangar. Made in Britain.

Cyclehoop Folding Bike Rack.  Made in Britain.

Cyclehoop Folding Bike Rack. Made in Britain.

Cyclehoop public bike pump.  Made in Britain.

Cyclehoop public bike pump. Made in Britain.

Glasdon make cycle shelters, cycle lockers, and bike stands for businesses, institutions and local authorities. They also make waiting shelters, smoking shelters, recycling bins, benches, bollards and road safety products, litter bins, cigarette bins, and so on.  Country of origin is clearly labelled on their website and the majority of their products are made in the UK - http://www.glasdonshelters.com

Cyclepods provides cycle parking solutions, all of which are manufactured in the UK, for institutions, businesses and local authorities, with products including cycle entry systems, bike shelters, bike lockers, cycle stands, public cycle pumps and public cycle repair docks - http://cyclepods.co.uk

H-B Designs manufacture infrastructure for cycling, sports and recreation – bicycle racks and stands and cycle parking solutions, shelters and sheds, sports grandstands, golf driving range shelters, cycle path infrastructure, etc. – for businesses, corporations, institutions, and local authorities – with all their products being made in Britain - http://www.hbdesigns.co.uk

Whether you own a vintage road bike or a high spec modern British made bike, you’ll want to keep it looking its best and keep it safe from thieves.

Asgard provide a range of British made virtually theft-proof ALL METAL bike storage sheds made from heavy gauge steel with a range of approved locking mechanisms, and fitted with an integral metal floor – designed to deter criminals and keep your bikes safe. They also make secure garden sheds, motorcycle storage sheds and storage sheds for schools and other institutions - http://www.asgardsss.co.uk

Pendle Bike Racks manufacture a wide range of British made bicycle racks for your car, indoor bicycle storage hangers, indoor bicycle stands, garage mounts, outdoor cycle stands, bike trailers, and cycle shelters. Pendle Bike Racks are designed, tested and made in their factory in Nelson, England. Pendle Engineering Ltd. also make KLIPONOFF Motorcycle racks and a range of iPad and laptop stands; again all made in England - http://www.pendle-bike.co.uk

Quarterre indoor bicycle storage hangers and stands for the home are made in Britain - http://www.quarterre.com

Kestrel Cycle Stands (part of Pressco Group) manufacture repair stands and display stands for cycles in the UK - http://www.kestrelcyclestands.co.uk

Perhaps because of concerns about weight, bicycle kickstands (or prop stands) seem to have gone out of fashion somewhat, even though they are very useful. I do not know of any current British kickstand manufacturers.

Pod-it Bike Pod Pro (by Polaris Bikewear) is made in the UK and is a case designed to protect your bike when you travel with it. Available to hire or buy - http://www.pod-it.co.uk

Bike Box Alan bike boxes are made in the UK - http://bikeboxalan.co.uk

The Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC; a cycling charity) site is a useful source of cycling information, for example about how to transport bicycles by air and they even sell a large plastic bag (the CTC Plastic Bike Bag) for this purpose (not sure where that is made though). There’s more information about flying with your bike on the Two Wheel Travelblog site. The CTC site also has useful and clear information on topics such as lighting regulations for pedal cycles and how you can take bikes by public transport.

Companies such as Dunlop, John Bull (the Leicester Rubber Company; later know as the John Bull Rubber Company; later taken over by Dunlop) and Rubberweld used to make cycle puncture repair kits in the UK, but sadly these companies are now closed.

VINTAGE DUNLOP R0/7 MADE IN ENGLAND 'LONG' CYCLE PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT (TOP VIEW)

VINTAGE DUNLOP R0/7 MADE IN ENGLAND ‘LONG’ CYCLE PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT (TOP VIEW).

VINTAGE DUNLOP R0/7 MADE IN ENGLAND 'LONG' CYCLE PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT (INSIDE VIEW)

VINTAGE DUNLOP R0/7 MADE IN ENGLAND ‘LONG’ CYCLE PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT (INSIDE VIEW).

Vintage John Bull bicycle puncture repair kit.  British made (top view).

Vintage John Bull bicycle puncture repair kit. British made (top view).

Vintage John Bull bicycle puncture repair kit.  British made (inside view).

Vintage John Bull bicycle puncture repair kit. British made (inside view).

Weldtite still has a manufacturing site in Lincolnshire. Their picture repair kits used to say British made on them but they no longer do, which made me think they are now foreign made but this is not exactly the case (as I was pleased to hear by email on 4/7/14).  All Weldtite Repair Kits are manufactured in England, and they also mould their own plastic boxes which the kits are packed into. Some of the materials within are sourced from abroad, but the tyre levers they mould themselves and the rubber solution tube is also filled by them. Weldtite also fill the majority of their cleaners and lubricants. One of the key products within the Lubricant range is our TF2 aerosol spray (03015/03021) which they do buy in ready filled. The main items Weldtite import are tools, valve accessories and axles, however that said they do pack the items in their factory in Barton Upon Humber. So, Weldtite is still the brand to buy for British made puncture repair kits and some other stuff too.  No doubt they will be happy to tell you if the product you are interested in is British made or not, so do ask them - http://weldtite.co.uk

Weldtite Airtite Puncture Repair Kit.  Made in England.

Weldtite Airtite Puncture Repair Kit. Made in England.

Vintage Weldtite cycle repair kit.  British made.

Vintage Weldtite cycle repair kit. British made.

Vintage Weldtite cycle repair kit tin.  British made.

Vintage Weldtite cycle repair kit tin. British made.

Does anyone know of any other current British made cycle puncture repair kits?

Not the same thing, but I did come across a company called Puncturesafe on the net who manufacture tyre sealants in UK, including one for bicycle use which you can buy on eBay and elsewhere on the net. It is coloured orange and is apparently suitable for all types of cycles with Schrader valves. It is not possible to apply PunctureSafe through the narrow Presta valves. Seals punctures caused by puncturing objects up to 3mm in diameter - http://www.puncturesafe.com

This article recommends you always carry 2 inner tubes (and a puncture repair kit and latex gloves) – good advice!

This interesting short article tells you how to make your own bike tool roll.

A cycle emergency toolkit at its most basic ought to contain a bicycle spanner stamped made in England and a British made cycle puncture repair kit and perhaps some British made tyre levers. Any suitably sized bike spanner marked made in England would do, but does anyone know of current British cycle spanner manufacturers?

Brands such as Dunlop, Adie, and Terry’s all made their tyre levers in England, but either no longer make tyre levers or manufacture abroad or have gone. Weldtite plastic tyre levers are made in the UK still I understand. Who else still makes tyre levers in the UK I wonder?

Weldtite glass nylon reinforced tyre levers – set of 3.  Made in England.

Weldtite glass nylon reinforced tyre levers – set of 3. Made in England.

VINTAGE, TERRY'S SET OF 3 CYCLE TYRE LEVERS.  Stamped Made in England.

VINTAGE, TERRY’S SET OF 3 CYCLE TYRE LEVERS. Stamped Made in England.

Vintage Dunlop tyre levers.  Made in England.

Vintage Dunlop tyre levers. Made in England.

Terry’s also made saddles, cycle clips (trouser clips) and much more. Some great pics of their pump clips, tennis racket clips and Primus stove carrier can be found here. Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd (Terrys), was established in 1855 as a spring company and the UK company Central Springs and Pressings Ltd. (the successor to that firm) is still in operation today…although they no longer make anything related to bicycles and it is not clear from their website whether they still manufacture in the UK but possibly they do.

Terry's cycle clip, from 1963 - made in England - considered by some to be far superior to the conventional circular wrap-around cycle-clip

Terry’s cycle clip, from 1963 – made in England – considered by some to be far superior to the conventional circular wrap-around cycle-clip.

Vintage Terry’s Tennis Racket & Hockey Stick Bike Clip - Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd - Made in England (box view).

Vintage Terry’s Tennis Racket & Hockey Stick Bike Clip – Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd – Made in England (box view).

Vintage Terry’s Tennis Racket & Hockey Stick Bike Clip - Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd - Made in England (clip view).

Vintage Terry’s Tennis Racket & Hockey Stick Bike Clip – Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd – Made in England (clip view).

In 1992 the ADIE brand of cycle accessories was incorporated into Weldtite. Today they are well known for baskets, bells, stabilisers and trouser bands (cycle clips). Weldtite still has a factory in Lincolnshire, but on their website ADIE do not state country of origin, so you’ll need to check with them directly before buying - http://www.adieuk.co.uk

Are any companies still making cycle clips in the UK?

Are there any companies still making bicycle pumps in the UK?

What about current British made pannier racks (pannier carriers) – are there any?

Cyberglow high visibility accessories are manufactured in the UK and include reflective belts, tape, stickers, hi-vis waistcoats and so on - http://www.cyberglow.co.uk

Some Brightkidz high visibility accessories are made in Britain (those that are are clearly labelled as such on their website), including  a reflective sash for adults and children, some reflective armbands and stickers and so on - http://www.brightkidz.co.uk

Brightkidz fluorescent, reflective sashes.  Adult (or junior).  Made in England.

Brightkidz fluorescent, reflective sashes. Adult (or junior). Made in England.

Day Glow Doris reflective jackets for women are manufactured in the UK (using materials sourced in the UK and Europe where possible) - http://www.dayglowdoris.co.uk

For a subtle way to be seen and be safe, FlipFlip is designed to flip out of both your front and rear pockets when riding in low-light conditions and is manufactured in the UK - http://flipflip.co.uk

FlipFlip -a cyclist from the rear using FlipFlip.  FlipFlip is made in the UK.

FlipFlip -a cyclist from the rear using FlipFlip. FlipFlip is made in the UK.

MECCANICA (Meccanica Coritani) mens clothing, which is inspired by racers of cycles and motorcycles from the 50s, 60s and 70s, is made entirely in Britain, and suitable to wear on the bike or for casual - http://www.meccanicacycles.com

MECCANICA Basic Polo.  Made in England.

MECCANICA Basic Polo. Made in England.

Buffalo Systems manufacture an excellent range of cycling tops; all made in Sheffield, England - http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk

Buffalo Systems Teclite Cycle Shirt.  Made in England.

Buffalo Systems Teclite Cycle Shirt. Made in England.

Vélobici Cyclewear clothing and accessories are made in the UK - http://www.velobici.cc

Route Clothing sell clothes that celebrate bicycles and cycling culture. On their website they state that where possible their products are made in the UK, although mostly they sell t-shirts and none of these are made in the UK (although they are printed in Glasgow).  They have a nice UK made cycling cap and bag and they offer free delivery in the UK - http://www.routeclothing.com

Charcoal cap with contrasting blue peak.  made in the UK.  Route Clothing.  One size fits most.

Charcoal cap with contrasting blue peak. Made in the UK. Route Clothing. One size fits most (new version available in two different sizes). Hand wash and drip dry,

Route Clothing CLASSIC MUSETTE BLUE.  Made in Scotland.

Route Clothing CLASSIC MUSETTE BLUE. Made in Scotland.

Owl and Monkey are currently (July 2014) selling ‘The Race’, a cotton musette bag celebrating L’Eroica Britannia & Le Yorkshire Tour routes, which was deigned in York and is screen-printed in Leeds onto bags made in Accrington - http://www.owlandmonkey.co.uk

Owl and Monkey teal musette bag.  Made in England.

Owl and Monkey teal musette bag. Made in England.

Wildoo sell British made VeloPac brand water resistant cycling musettes with zip closures, off-the-shelf or custom printed. Other Wildoo products are all foreign made - http://www.wildoo.co.uk

Albam cycling caps are made in England – http://www.albamclothing.com/product/18817/premium-navy/cycling-cap.asp

Some Dashing Tweeds products are made in the UK, for example their reflective cycling leg warmers and their reflective cycling caps. For other products check country of origin before buying - http://www.dashingtweeds.co.uk

This is Cambridge (tic) specialises in cycling caps made in Cambridge, England. Inspired by the enthusiasm for cycling in one of Britain’s greatest cycling towns, they produce a range of vintage style caps made from British tweeds and wool. Their other products are likely foreign made – http://www.this-is-cambridge.co.uk/Shop/Cycling-caps.html

Road Rags merino cycling wear and classic bikes are made in Britain. The merino wool used comes milled from Italy and is manufacturered in the Midlands. Bikes are refurbished - http://www.roadrags.cc

Much of the Lusso range of cycling apparel (shorts, bibs, warmers, jerseys, base layers, jackets, etc. for men, women and children) is made in the UK - http://www.lusso-clothing.co.uk

Cyclodelic make clothing and accessories for women who love cycling, in London, including saddle and handlebar bags that also become handbags, reflective sashes and trouser cuffs - http://cyclodelic.myshopify.com

Michaux handbags, rucksacks, shoulder bags, and handlebar tape and cork handlebar end plugs are designed for cyclists and made in Britain- http://michauxclub.com

Gropes cork handlebar end plugs are made in the UK, but their handlebar tape is made in Italy and they do not specify where their laces are made on their website - http://nonusual.com/gropes

Some Carradice bicycle bags may still be made in Nelson, England; possibly the cotton duck bags (Super C range and Originals) and perhaps the rainwear and the drywool jerseys, but you will have to ask them as it is not clear from their website - http://www.carradice.co.uk

Wildcat Gear is all made in Brecon, Wales, UK – saddle bags, handlebar bags and frame bags - http://www.wildcatgear.co.uk

Although most Alpkit gear is foreign made, quite a bit of their bike luggage is now made in the UK - https://www.alpkit.com/bike-luggage

BIGxTOP (or Big Top) make rucksacks (daysacks), a messenger bag, accessory pouches, phone pouches, hip pouches, pedal foot straps, and saddle rolls. Designed and made with cycling and the outdoors in mind, all BigxTop bags are made in the UK - http://www.bigxtop.com

BIGxTOP Saddle Roll.  Made in the UK.

BIGxTOP Saddle Roll. Made in the UK.

The Bridge Street Saddlebag is designed and made in Warwickshire, England. There’s a review herehttp://bridgestreet.cc

In addition to making their bikes in Britain, Pashley also sell a great range of made in Britain cycle bags – saddle bags, handlebar bags, dispatch bags, frame guards and basket tote bags. They also sell mens and ladies cycling clothing, a few pieces of which are made in Britain (most items being made in Portugal and New Zealand). They also sell things like bells and pumps and baskets under their ‘spares’ category but most of ‘spares’ appear not to be British made - http://www.pashleycollection.co.uk

Alfie Douglas leather goods are made in England  and include items such as leather backpacks, tool rolls, utility cases, saddle bags, duffle bags, etc. – http://alfiedouglas.com

Aiguille Alpine rucksacks are all made in England. Aiguille Alpine do a wide range in their renowned quality rucksacks and many other useful bags including rope bags, chalk bags, travel bags, holdalls, shoulder bags, zipped pouches, bumbags, camera cases, belt pouches and so on. Based near Kendal, their own brand stuff in made in their own workshop - http://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk

Hill & Ellis leather bike bags and panniers are currently all made in India, but they hope to introduce some British made bags in 2014 - http://www.hillandellis.com

BoxBag sell a made in England leather tote bag with 2 leather straps design to strap in onto a pannier with - http://www.boxbag.co.uk/portfolio/pannier/

Bags4Everything make bags and covers for, well, pretty much everything including bike covers and bags with all their bags being made in England - http://www.bags4everything.co.uk

Aquapac (waterproof bags and cases) make all of their submersible cases (the cases with the hard grey clamp on) in London. The rest of their products are either made in China or Taiwan. A waterproof case or bag for your phone and other EDC stuff when you are riding is a good idea - http://store.aquapac.net

Aquapac Mini Whanganui waterproof case.  Made in England.

Aquapac Mini Whanganui waterproof case. Made in England.

For British made bags in general, including more rucksacks, day sacks, messenger bags and the like, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-11z

I’m not sure what, if any, other British made bicycle equipment suppliers are out there. Any thoughts? 

Incidentally, Boris’ Bikes (the London cycle hire bikes and docking stations) are made in Canada!

Condor Cycles are made in Italy these days, not London. Whytes bikes are made in Taiwan I understand.

Foreign bicycle companies (like Giant – Taiwanese, Scott – Swiss, Specialized – American, Mongoose – American, and Cannondale – American) only seem to manufacture abroad these days.

Knox make motorcycle and mountain biking gear and body armour. Their products are suitable for motorcycling, motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and equestrian. Much of their gear is made in Britain, with the items made in Britain clearly labelled on their website - http://www.planet-knox.com

All CGR own branded bike gear is made in England – http://www.cgrbikegear.co.uk

I didn’t go but I like the sound of  L’Eroica Britannia “The most handsome bike race in the World” which was held in the UK for the first time in June 2014, with a FREE ENTRY 3 day festival and bike tour. Entry criteria was a pre-1987 road racing bike. The L’Eroica festival, which means heroes, centres on the village of Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany and began in 1997 as a celebration of vintage cycling and in 2014 the event has been exported to both the UK and Japan. I wonder if they will run this event next year?

L'EROICA BRITANNIA

And of course 2014 saw Le Tour de France & its British Grand Depart from Yorkshire (Tour de Yorkshire – The ‘grandest’ of Grand Departs). It was really exciting to have the Tour de France returning to Britain. This was the fourth Tour de France to contain stages in England (after 1974, 1994 and 2007) and the only edition to contain more than two stages in England. Also see British Cycling (formerly the British Cycling Federation), the national governing body for cycle racing in Great Britain.

Mountain biking, road racing and track cycling will all feature on the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in the UK, in Glasgow, beginning 23rd July and ending 3rd August.

Haycyon manufacture British made motorcycle goggles in Hertfordshire, England. Haycyon also make motorcycle mirrors and classic car mirrors. Manufactured in the UK and based on the original RAF flying goggle of the 1940′s Halcyon Goggles are a popular choice for use with all styles of open face helmets. Leather or PVC. Wholesale or via their website. Prescription lenses can be accommodated with the Halcyon lens frame by your optician (+6 to -6 lenses) or Halcyon goggles can worn over prescription glasses - http://halcyonclassic.store.buegle.com/index.php/2/

Mark 49 Halcyon Goggles - Black Leather.  Made in England.

Mark 49 Halcyon Goggles – Black Leather. Made in England.

I found Haycycon goggles on the Davida Helmets website. Davida helmets – stylish handmade open face helmets made in England. Davida are now the sole UK manufacturers of open face motorcycle helmets – http://www.davida.co.uk

Dr Who (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) in The Bells of Saint John, March 2013, riding a Triumph and wearing the Davida Classic helmet (sadly the goggles are French made).

Dr Who (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) in The Bells of Saint John, March 2013, riding a Triumph and wearing the Davida Classic helmet (sadly the goggles are French made).

Founded in 1921 Thomas Meldrum Limited of Sheffield are now known world wide for the “Melco” range of tools and equipment, particularly their car and motorcycle tools, but they also make construction tools. According to an email from the company (on 6/7/14), 99% of their products are still made in Sheffield, England - http://www.thomasmeldrumltd.co.uk

For more British made tools in general, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-wT

For more British made outdoor gear, including clothing, from companies like Ussen, Fairfield Clothing and Miles Stronger please see my outdoor gear category.

For current British made motorcycles please see here.

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Villiers-Velo 10 speed Dec 2012

Villiers-Velo 10 speed Dec 2012

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Brompton H6L Black