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Old 05-06-07, 03:38 PM   #1
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My Vintage Moulton.

Not sure how old it is really. My dad bought it used when I was 7 or 8. That was around 1979. It looked just as old then as it does now.

It's very dirty from sitting in a basement, but I think it's very well preserved for how old it is.

Not sure what model it is either, but it has suspension front and rear. I think it's all original except for the tires.

It's a novelty for sure, but it's great to take on casual rides or for a quick trip to the grocery.




Front suspension between the fork and headtube.

Rear suspension is a block of rubber.
An interesting side note, Mr. Moulton designed the suspension for the original
Austin Mini. It uses rubber blocks too.

According to my father, Moulton sold the rights to an American manfacturer in the late 60's or 70's.
This one is the real deal though.



The serial number starts with 65. Maybe the year???

Actually the whole thing is 65020003. Maybe the 3rd one from Feb 1965???

Who know? I don't know if anyone else appreciates this as much as I do. I think
It's the coolest commuter bike I've ever seen.

Oh yeah, and despite how it looks, it does not fold.

If anyone knows anything about old Moultons, I'd love to know more about their history.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 05-06-07, 03:51 PM   #2
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Can't tell you a thing about your bike but it certainly looks as if Cannondale got the idea for their Headshok from them.
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North Road bicycle is (and has been) the US distributor for Moulton:

http://www.northroadbicycle.com/

The owners name is Gilbert Anderson and knows everything you might need when it comes to Moulton.

Actually, once you do a little reading you might be surprised that they thier intended use was not a little grocery getter but a performance touring machine.....

Moulton makes a current model called the Bridgestone that looks a lot like your little gem.

http://www.alexmoulton.co.uk/frames....bikes&range=bs

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Old 05-06-07, 04:23 PM   #4
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Looks like you have a Sturmey Archer hub on the back. Check for some numbers on the shell. That's most likely how old it is.

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Old 05-17-07, 03:39 AM   #5
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Looks a nice machine, though (obviously!) it could do with a little TLC. It is a 1965 model as you suggest, and built at Moulton's factory as opposed to the much more common Raleigh-built (Nottingham and Kirkby) bikes, so probably better-built and certainly worth more than them.

Have a look at the Moulton Bicycle Club site (http://www.moultoneers.info/), an excellent resource for Moultons of all kinds.

Richard

PS: The hub should have a date but it's not necessarily the date the bike was built: my F-frame is from 1964 but has a (replacement) SA 3-speed dated 1991.
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