The Lada of cy­cles

Cycling Weekly - - Interview -

While Paul Smith’s col­lec­tion bikes, cloth­ing and mem­o­ra­bilia is fo­cused on pro cy­cling, it also con­tains odd­i­ties that are tes­ta­ment to his love of all things cy­cling, not just the pro­fes­sional branch.

“Of all the bikes I keep in the build­ing, per­haps the most amaz­ing is a Russian bike given to me by a lady I’d never met who ar­rived in the of­fice on my birth­day and an­nounced that she’d bought a present for me,” he says. “It turned out to be a bike made in Moscow the year I was born. It’s a Soviet-era bike — solid and heavy. As the slow­est of the lot and weigh­ing as much of the rest of them put to­gether, it’s a great con­ver­sa­tion piece and it demon­strates that it takes all sorts of bikes to make the world of cy­cling.”

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