THE LIGHT BLUE is an old british brand, since 1895 !
THE LIGHT BLUE offers classic Retro Roadbikes in different specifications, and also
modern Roadracing/Gravel/Touring Bikes in many different specifications.
Available as complete bikes or as a frameset - like you want it.
The Light Blue bicycles began life way back in 1895, when John Albert Townsend produced hand built bicycles for the wealthy members of Cambridge University.
These custom made machines were produced in a converted dairy in Norfolk Street in the city at a rate of around six bicycles per week.
The Light Blue brand name was inspired by the World famous university's sporting 'colours'.
To celebrate the new centenary in 1900 and to promote his shop and bicycles, John made his own track bike, painted Red, White and Blue featuring a custom-made, 100 tooth chainwheel. John rode this bike until his death in 1942 and it remains a treasured possession of the family to this day. By the time of The Great War production of The Light Blue bicycles ceased, as men were called away. Following this, larger manufacturers began to produce more affordable models on a greater scale and The Light Blue bicycle was seemingly consigned to the history books. However, the family have remained in the cycle trade to this day and John’s great grandson Lloyd Townsend formed a company called Ison Distribution.
In 2006 lightweight, quality city bikes for the Cambridge market and beyond were designed and manufactured bearing the Light Blue name. In 2009 Lloyd happened to meet Keith Norhona (Managing Director of Reynolds Technology) in an airport departure lounge and began discussing the options of working together, with a view to producing a range of high end, steel, retro and modern bikes. The following year saw the introduction of the Light Blue Trinity track (fixie) frame, made from Reynolds’ iconic 531 double butted tubing. After that came the Kings, a 70’s style road bike, featuring the ultra-modern Reynolds 853 tubing and fully specified with new ‘retro' components.