INTO ‘ THE LIGHT BLUE’
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.