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    Sir Alex:

    It is with great sorrow that Shaun Moulton and The Moulton Bicycle Company announce the news that Dr. Alexander Eric Moulton CBE, distinguished engineer and inventor, passed away peacefully in the company of his family and staff on Sunday evening, 9th December 2012, at the age of 92.

    Dr. Moulton was an inspiration for generations of engineers, designers and inventors. Educated at Marlborough and Cambridge, Alex Moulton worked at Bristol Aeroplanes as assistant to Sir Roy Fedden during WW2. He joined Bradford on Avon rubber manufacturers Spencer Moulton in 1945, leading a new research team. His collaboration with Sir Alec Issigonis resulted in Moulton suspension, including ‘Hydrolastic’ and ‘Hydragas’ systems, being employed in over twelve million British cars from the original Mini to the MGF.

    Dr. Moulton was also famous for his revolutionary small-wheeled, full-suspension Moulton bicycle – very popular in the 1960s and still built by hand in Bradford on Avon by a loyal team of engineers, technicians and craftsmen.

    I always loved his bikes, just loved them.
    the nickle plated fillet brazed full sus MTB is one of the most bad ass bikes, ever.
    RIP, Sir, nice pull!
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    He was inspiring. Rest in peace Sir Alex.... and thank you.

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    Always admired Moulton's work, here is one of my favorite replicas.
    calfee_moulton.jpg

    RIP Alex.
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    Great 2 part podcast about Sir Alex from a few years back...

    Page 2 | The Bike Show from Resonance FM | Search Results | Moulton

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    indeed, nice pull.
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    RIP Mr Moulton.

    Had a lot of great portage rides on the Safari I was handed down - before I handed it down again. Always a conversation starter and crowd pleaser. I rode it in a number of parades - so much fun. Very innovative design...


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    Here is a pretty good short article Alex Moulton, Master of the Folding Bike, 1920- 2012 : TreeHugger
    I know he may not mean allot to this crowd, but in a world on cookie cutter designs he really built his vision. Much respect.
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    I had a Mk3 with a Sturmey S5. Cool bike and I'll always have a soft spot for Moultons.

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    And another, this one with factory pics: Revisiting our time spent with Alex Moulton | Bicycle Times Magazine
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    His spaceframe is one of a very few that can legitimately claim to be vertically stiff and laterally compliant


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