INTO ‘ THE LIGHT BLUE’

Urban Cyclist - - Bike Test -

You’d know­ing­bike brand.be for­givenThe They Light were­for Blue not es­tab­lished­been un­der thein 1895 con­tin­u­ou­sand have own­er­ship of the Townsend fam­ily ever since. His­tor­i­cally the brand was associated with per­for­mance bikes, but over the last decade or so the brand has con­cen­trated on pro­duc­ing the Park­side and Ch­ester­ton city bikes, which have proved hugely pop­u­lar among the stu­dents in Light Blue’s home city of Cam­bridge. How­ever, a chance meet­ing in an air­port de­par­ture lounge be­tween Light Blue MD Lloyd Townsend and Keith Noronha, MD of Reynolds in Birm­ing­ham, hatched a plan for the two com­pa­nies to work to­gether on re­launch­ing The Light Blue back into rac­ing ma­chines. The first bike out of the part­ner­ship was the sin­gle- speed Trin­ity built from dou­ble- butted 531 Reynolds tub­ing. It proved pop­u­lar and led to plenty of calls re­quest­ing a gear- com­pat­i­ble ver­sion. Cue the re­lease of the Kings. This beau­ti­fully- lugged steel frame is con­structed us­ing 853 Reynolds steel, and fea­tures classy touches such as a half- chromed steel fork and chromed chain and seat­stays. The range is now much wider reach­ing, in­clud­ing clas­sic Au­dax bikes, tour­ers, a sportive gem and ad­ven­ture bike- cum- gravel grinder, each of them based around Reynolds steel.

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