Classic Bike Guide - - Buying Guide -

THANKS TO THE WORLD­WIDE IS­SUES AT THE mo­ment, we couldn't bring you the usual sup­ple­ment on Bri­tish post­war bikes; in­stead we've de­cided to se­ri­al­ize it in the mag. So, wel­come to part one of Clas­sic Bike Guide's Bri­tish Bike Guide!

We've at­tempted to put as many of the post­war · Bri­tish bikes to­gether, with a few col­umn inches about some of the main bikes built from the end of the Sec­ond World War, with an ar­chive or con­tem­po­rary photo to help iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Much of it was writ­ten by our very own Frank West­worth, so there are some per­sonal ob­ser­va­tions with witty opin­ions - you'll no­tice he loves Matchless and Nor­ton ... It's not de­fin­i­tive, it's not a story of the Bri­tish bike in­dus­try and it's not a buy­ing guide. And there will be some we've missed and some you'll dis­agree with, so let us know!

But this is here to give a brief in­sight into the many, many bikes man­u­fac­tured in the UKthat may be of in­ter­est to you, or in­deed some­one you know who may be get­ting into the world we all (mostly) love. ·


In­ter­est rates are at an all-time low and buy­ing a(nother) clas­sic bike is easy! Get­ting the right bike for you is slightly less so though, so if the clas­sic bug has firmly bit­ten and your sav­ings are cur­rently siz­zling away in your pocket, there are a few hon­est, even harsh, ques­tions you need to ask your­self be­fore you de­cide which bike to go for.

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