Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bickerton - the first compact folder

Well, if you have read "It's in the bag!" by Tony Hadland and John Pinkerton, you will know that the idea of folding bikes goes back over a century, and in (relatively!) recent times, it was the Moulton which popularised the idea of small wheels and portability (the Moulton Stowaway in 1962), but even so I really think the case for crediting Harry Bickerton with creating the really portable folder is difficult to dispute, at least in practical terms. For many years the Bickerton had no real competitors; I bought one in around 1980, and although to be honest I didn't enjoy riding it, and was glad when I was able to replace it with a Brompton in 1990, to my mind it has a very important part in cycle history. Mark Bickerton of Cyclemotion, who is Harry Bickerton's son, has made a start on a web site which records some of the important history of the Bickerton folder - you can find it here. A LOT of Bickertons were sold, and we still regularly get enquiries about them - Derek Baker does an excellent job supporting Bickertons - his web site is at http://www.broadstone.freeserve.co.uk, email derek@broadstone.freeserve.co.uk.