Branded: Flying Dutchman Bikes
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MEET THE TEAM AT FLYING DUTCHMAN BIKES, THE LONDON STORES WITH A DIFFERENCE /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 26-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-divider{--divider-border-style:none;--divider-border-width:1px;--divider-color:#0c0d0e;--divider-icon-size:20px;--divider-element-spacing:10px;--divider-pattern-height:24px;--divider-pattern-size:20px;--divider-pattern-url:none;--divider-pattern-repeat:repeat-x}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider{display:flex}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{font-size:15px;line-height:1;max-width:95%}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__element{margin:0 var(--divider-element-spacing);flex-shrink:0}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-icon{font-size:var(--divider-icon-size)}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider-separator{display:flex;margin:0;direction:ltr}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator{align-items:center}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:before{display:block;content:"";border-block-end:0;flex-grow:1;border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider__element{margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider__element{margin-right:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-start:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-end:0}.elementor-widget-divider:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text):not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon) .elementor-divider-separator{border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern{--divider-border-style:none}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern.elementor-widget-divider--view-line .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not([class*=elementor-widget-divider--view]) .elementor-divider-separator{width:100%;min-height:var(--divider-pattern-height);-webkit-mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;-webkit-mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);background-color:var(--divider-color);-webkit-mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url);mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url)}.elementor-widget-divider--no-spacing{--divider-pattern-size:auto}.elementor-widget-divider--bg-round{--divider-pattern-repeat:round}.rtl .elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{direction:rtl}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-divider,.e-con>.elementor-widget-divider{width:var(--container-widget-width,100%);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} BOOK NOW /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 26-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-text-editor.elementor-drop-cap-view-stacked .elementor-drop-cap{background-color:#69727d;color:#fff}.elementor-widget-text-editor.elementor-drop-cap-view-framed .elementor-drop-cap{color:#69727d;border:3px solid;background-color:transparent}.elementor-widget-text-editor:not(.elementor-drop-cap-view-default) .elementor-drop-cap{margin-top:8px}.elementor-widget-text-editor:not(.elementor-drop-cap-view-default) .elementor-drop-cap-letter{width:1em;height:1em}.elementor-widget-text-editor .elementor-drop-cap{float:left;text-align:center;line-height:1;font-size:50px}.elementor-widget-text-editor .elementor-drop-cap-letter{display:inline-block} We dropped in at the Notting Hill branch of Flying Dutchman Bikes to meet Harry and Rich, the guys behind the brand, and find out what they’ll be bringing to the show. They may be backing our cargo bike area, but there is so much more to the Flying Dutchman experience, as we discovered. CS: This a rather lovely, spacious store, congratulations. How long have you been here, and why Notting Hill? Rich: Just six months. We had a lot of customers in west London already. We know most of them, Harry remembers most of their names, and I remember some of them! It has probably been the coldest, wettest six months, but it’s been a brilliant start. CS: You also have the original Flying Dutchman shop in Camden’s Eversholt Street, yes? Harry: Yes, for almost 10 years now. CS: That is pretty early in the whole electric and cargo bike explosion we have witnessed in recent years. Were you seen as outliers back then? Harry: Things always seem weird until you’re ready for them. Scandinavia, Germany, The Netherlands – they’ve been doing this for years. I used to live in Amsterdam and absorbed what they were doing. I had no intention of opening a bike shop, but it was obviously missing from the UK. Once I’d seen it and understood the inevitability, you can’t ignore that idea. Neither of us have driving licences, we have always relied on bikes as the solution.Rich: What Harry brought was based on what he saw and experienced in Amsterdam. And it has slowly adapted and changed based on London’s needs. I’d been in the bike industry for 17 or 18 years, selling high-end road and mountain bikes, and got somewhat annoyed with it. This is what London needs, rather than what a rich person wants. It’s about getting people out of cars, changing their lives and seeing what is possible on a bike. BOOK NOW From little acorns... where it all began CS: Looking around the store, there’s a lot more than just cargo and e-bikes on offer. Harry: Cargo bikes are still a good proportion of what we do, but we are about utility bikes, whatever that might be.Rich: We are focussing on the cargo bike section at The Cycle Show but we are a bike shop first and foremost – we also sell normal ‘acoustic’ bicycles with classic steel frames and high-end componentry that will last a lifetime. And then we do e-bikes, folding bikes and cargo bikes, because that’s what makes sense for London. CS: Who is the Flying Dutchman customer? What is the FD experience? Harry: We work by appointment only so we can spend time with them. We talk about how they want to use the bike, where they want to use it, and stuff they don’t even know about yet – how we have seen previous customers’ lives change because the bike has become so useful to them. Then we narrow it down to three or four options and do a test ride. It is a very constructive process. I want to give people the benefit of our experience. We have sold literally hundreds of these bikes, and we will always be honest. Flying Dutchman Camden CS: How do you decide which brands to stock? There’s some very cool and unusual bikes here. Rich: We are very picky about the quality of bike we sell. There are cheaper brands out there, but we choose cautiously and carefully what we would be happy to ride ourselves. Everything you see here is a test bike. We book out an hour or two with our customers and ride with them to get the hang of it, especially going onto big cargo bikes or carrying kids.We are not an e-bike store. That is not our mindset. We sell lovely handmade steel rides alongside the cargo bikes. I ride a non-electric bike to work every day. If it’s the right tool for the job, it’s the right tool for the customer.Harry: We value a simple life with a happy customer. They really trust us and keep coming back after 10 years, which is a wonderful thing based on a good relationship. 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Branded: Condor Cycles
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INTERVIEW WITH CLAIRE BEAUMONT FROM CONDOR CYCLES: ONE OF LONDON'S OLDEST BIKE SHOPS BOOK NOW Claire Beaumont is marketing manager for Condor Cycles, founded in 1948 and still going strong in London’s Grays Inn Road today, albeit in a much larger premises that the original store. Ridden by the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Tom Simpson, as well as the successful Rapha-Condor pro team in the 2000s, celebrities and royal family also feature in the brand’s long and illustrious history. Even Mick Jagger owned a Condor!We are delighted to welcome Condor back to the show for 2023. After all, we go back a long way… BOOK NOW *     *      *      *      *      *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *     * /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 26-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-video .elementor-widget-container{overflow:hidden;transform:translateZ(0)}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper{aspect-ratio:var(--video-aspect-ratio)}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper iframe,.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper video{height:100%;width:100%;display:flex;border:none;background-color:#000}@supports not (aspect-ratio:1/1){.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper{position:relative;overflow:hidden;height:0;padding-bottom:calc(100% / var(--video-aspect-ratio))}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper iframe,.elementor-widget-video .elementor-wrapper video{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0}}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-open-inline .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;background-size:cover;background-position:50%}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{cursor:pointer;text-align:center}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay:hover .elementor-custom-embed-play i{opacity:1}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay img{display:block;width:100%;aspect-ratio:var(--video-aspect-ratio);-o-object-fit:cover;object-fit:cover;-o-object-position:center center;object-position:center center}@supports not (aspect-ratio:1/1){.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay{position:relative;overflow:hidden;height:0;padding-bottom:calc(100% / var(--video-aspect-ratio))}.elementor-widget-video .elementor-custom-embed-image-overlay img{position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0}}.elementor-widget-video .e-hosted-video .elementor-video{-o-object-fit:cover;object-fit:cover}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-video,.e-con>.elementor-widget-video{width:var(--container-widget-width);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} CS: Claire, you’d be too young to have been at that very first Cycle Show in 2002, but what is the Condor link over those 20 years? CB: We were at every one apart from the last one at Ally Pally, and the Covid-affected cancelled years. It started at the Business Design centre in Islington and just kept getting bigger.  I remember being at Earls Court with Condor, and then the show moved to the NEC [in Birmingham] which worried us because we were a very London-centric local brand, but it was really good. We talked to so many different people. But Alexandra Palace is a great venue too, so we are also happy to be back in London. BOOK NOW CS: What would Condor have shown on the stand 20 years ago? It would have been one carbon bike, lots of aluminium – because it was very popular then – and then some steel. It was going out of favour but Grant [Young] was fighting to keep steel in the range. We went to Dedacciai in Italy because they had a better supply. I think that first show in 2002 was the first time we showed an Italian-made Condor bike.And of course, the internet was not ‘a thing’ in 2002. You had to order a catalogue and look at that – it’s not the same, is it? There’s a lot you don’t see online. So a bike show was your only chance to see all these bikes in one place.CS: The ‘meet and greet’ aspect must be important too? People come and talk to you and get a feel for what we are. That’s what you get when you go into a shop in person. And going to a show gives you that same experience.Some people research their bike purchases for years. It’s not a small amount of money and it might be their bike for ten years. I remember one guy from a bike show who came back two years later and said ‘I’m ready to make my purchase now’.We surveyed a thousand customers and so many replied saying they had seen Condor bikes at an event or race. We had the race team [Rapha-Condor] for ten years and didn’t really know what the effect was, but it was huge. FULL EXHIBITOR LIST CS: Your frames are handmade in Italy. What is the appeal? Handmade anywhere, like Bromptons are made in London, certainly adds to the experience and perception. And Italy is seen as the home of handmade bicycles, a tangible effect.CS: The Fratello, a handsome steel all-rounder, is your best seller. What’s lowdown on that model? It means ‘brother’, because it’s the Italian version of one that was made in England, the Pendio. It has been in the range since 2003. Before disc brakes, it was the only bike that could take really wide tyres and still have mudguards. But now with discs, you can have both, but it is still really popular. It’s a fairly upright position, made with high-end steel so should be nice to ride. CS: It is, I have one! It’s the one bike I ride where people pull up next to me at the lights and say “ooh, that’s nice”. People like the skinny tubed classic look of the Fratello. Gravel bikes can be quite industrial-looking in comparison. From the 2002 Cycle Show guide CS: So what’s new in the world of Condor, Claire? We are introducing a new product in July which has taken a long time for various reasons. We didn’t want to make an ultra-aero bike, or copy what other brands are doing. Integrated cables have eventually become more consistent, flowing in through the handlebars, so that is a bonus. It will be a carbon race bike all-rounder, still made by hand in Italy, with customisable geometry. When Ed Clancy used to ride for the Rapha-Condor team, he had a really long body and needed a longer top tube. It’s great to have that level of adaptability. CS: What else are you bringing to Ally Pally? We’ll have a new update on our gravel bike, with more bottle mounts for added versatility. And we have changed the seatstays to give added clearance if you want to run the 650b smaller wheels. They can now take up to 55mm tyres, huge!We are also introducing a bike for smaller riders. If you are around 5 foot tall or less, toe overlap can be an issue with a 46cm frame, so this model can also be fitted with the 650b size wheels. There isn’t much out there for shorter riders, so it should prove popular. We’ll also have some custom colours and various colourways we have designed. BOOK NOW CS: Do you ever have to say a polite no to some of the wackier custom paint design ideas? One guy wanted a version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady With Ermine on his frame, which is a horrible painting. That’s quite a big picture to put on a bike! Ben [Spurrier, head designer] did something with it, using elements of the painting on the toptube, but he also wanted Da Vinci’s famous signature on there, which we drew the line at – we didn’t want to get sued.CS: Fair enough! Thank you, Claire, see you and the gang in April. BOOK NOW SIGN UP TO NEWSLETTER DISCOVER MORE RIDERS AT THE CYCLE SHOW Find out which of your heroes you can meet this April! Click Here 2023 EXHIBITORS Discover the incredible brands in our retail area. Click Here SKILL SESSIONS Learn new tricks with World Champion Scott Wilson! 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