Welcome to Classic Lightweights, the most comprehensive online repository on the history of British bespoke bicycle and component manufacture. This site contains a bounty of resources for anyone interested in the finest bicycles and components ever made, and the individual artisans and makers who produced them.
The site was created by Peter Underwood in 2006 as a resource for a few friends to share stories, memories and photos. Nobody imagined how the site would grow to become the definitive resource for classic lightweight British bicycles and their history. Peter and his wife Patricia’s stewardship of the site has been remarkable and highly valued by its large global readership. In recent years they had become concerned about the future of the site and were keen to secure it for future generations.
Starting in early 2020 we (the team behind the revival of Chater-Lea) took over the day-to-day management of the site. We are committed to ensuring the site will remain non-commercial and free to all who wish to use it. Work is underway to make the site easier to navigate, enhance the search capabilities and upgrade technology to accommodate additional content. This will ensure that existing and new audiences can continue to enjoy the site.