Peter Underwood was born in Norfolk and started club cycling at 15 years old with the King’s Lynn Cycling Club. He was brought up in the discipline of time-trialling as there was no road racing in the area at the time. However, there were grass track events in many of the towns and villages, which kindled his interest in this particular branch of the sport.
He continued cycling until finishing his National Service, after which he became consumed by the world of sailing for the next 30 years. He moved to Cornwall to pursue this passion, and from time to time he would purchase a classic racing bike to enjoy. During one of his frequent sailing trips he met Patricia, who went on to marry him and provide support to his Classic Lightweights project. Together Peter and Patricia collected, edited and curated the site to tell the stories of the artisan builders, their skills and craft, the components and materials used and the world of riders, clubs and events that existed during this era.
Today Peter and Patricia continue to pursue their passion for cycling both at home and on overseas tours. Now in his mid-80s, Peter still rides 8,000-10,000 miles on an annual basis.