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Bicycles, frames and bike accessories made in the UK – British made bikes, British made bike parts and British made bike equipment

If you owned a bike in the 1980s or before in the UK, it was probably 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 (once the second largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK after Raleigh; the factory in Barton-on-Humber closed in the mid-1980s and production was moved to nearby Brigg; in 2006 Falcon ceased UK production entirely, but by this time only a few high end bikes were being assembled in the UK by Falcon and most Falcon bikes were already being made abroad, since about 2002), British Eagle, Coventry Eagle (also previously a motorcycle manufacturer), Townsend, Wearwell and Claud Butler. The same company (Tandem) now owns Dawes cycles (the Dawes factory in Tyseley, Birmingham closed down in around 1990 and production was moved to the Far East) too. Like Raleigh Cycles, Falcon and Dawes (Tandem) do not make bikes in the UK nowadays, all their bicycles now being foreign made.

Be First on a Falcon, a 1950s adevrtisement for Falcon Cycles

Be First on a Falcon, a 1950s adevrtisement for Falcon Cycles

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Buffalo Systems outdoor clothing and sleeping bags made in Sheffield, UK

Pictured below is a Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt.  Buffalo make fabulous outdoor kit.  Everything is made at their factory in Sheffield, England. Outdoor clothing and sleeping bags.

Buffalo products mostly have a Pertex outer and pile linings. The Pertex fabric used was developed by Buffalo and Perseverance Mills in Padiham, Lancashire where the fabric was made but these days the fabric is made in Japan (sadly the Pertex factory, Perseverance Mills, closed in 2005 and is now flats. The brand was purchased by Mitsui & Co, who also manufacture Primaloft under licence, and Pertex products are now manufactured in Japan). I am not sure where the 100% polyester pile linings used are made. Everything Buffalo make is simply fantastic. They will also, for an extra charge, make the body or arms longer or shorter. Buffalo list retailers on their website and they also have a factory shop selling factory seconds which you can purchase directly. They are on Broadfield Rd – Open 10-3pm Mon – Fri.

http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk/

Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt. Made in England.

Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt (Overshirt). Made in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author 9 February 2018.

Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt (Overshirt). Made in the UK. Rear view. Photograph by author 9 February 2018.

Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt (Overshirt). Made in the UK. Made in Sheffield UK label view. Size 44. Photograph by author 9 February 2018.

Buffalo Systems Special 6 Shirt (Overshirt). Made in the UK. Pile 100% polyester. Skin Pertex (100% polyamide). Label view. Photograph by author 9 February 2018.