Some recent tests have shown that you can fit two NS’s behind the back seat of a current Mini, without having to do any more than a simple frame split, folding down of the bars and seat pin removal. The picture demonstrates this – the Mini front seat is positioned from the wall by the back seat leg space, and the two NS’s fit comfortably into the gap.
Although there were rather less people at St Margaret’s Hall for the Moulton bicycle and parts sale than some previous years, it was still well attended.
A new T shirt depicting the NS Moulton was being sold on the Moulton stand at St Margaret’s Hall (ie it is a Moulton, not a Club, product). It was available in navy or royal blue, and supplies sold out quite quickly. In this picture Membership Secretary Keith Hales models the royal blue version, which goes quite well with his Bugatti Blue NS and blue water bottle! In the background is Chris Juden of the CTC, who has been testing an NS, and was the speaker at the Saturday evening dinner.
A close up of the logo embroidered on the new Moulton T shirt. The back carries a small embroidered AM logo with Dr Moulton’s signature underneath.
Doug Milliken had taken delivery of a belt drive NS the day before the event. Our picture shows the drive arrangement, and the special fitting in the fork which enables the belt to be replaced. Doug has done some testing of the belt drive in the USA, so his choice of this for his own bike is interesting. Doug actually wanted 17 inch wheels (for compatibility with his AMs, but it was only possible to get a 20 inch wheeled version put together in time, hence the 20 inch Continental GP tyres.
NS owner Peter Evans has managed to fit Schwalbe City Jet tyres to his bike, even though only the Continental GP will fit in theory. He has moved the support struts for the front mudguard inside the mudguard, and slightly modified the upper mounting, resulting is quite generous clearances on the front wheel – the short reach Dura-Ace brakes are the closest thing to the tyre, although there is very adequate clearance.
As this picture shows, the clearance between mudguard and the City Jet tyres is more of a problem at the back of Peter’s bike, even with the rear strut mounted inside the mudguard. The option of a second tyre is certainly useful, and the City Jet is generally highly regarded. Reports of its demise seem to be greatly exaggerated – we understand that the demand for the tyre, particularly from Pashley, means that the tyre is still available, at least through Pashley.
Taking advantage of the settled fine weather, the Club stand was moved from the archway to the shade of a tree in the courtyard.
A bouncy Castle was available for the entertainment of the children, although it seemed to hold less interest for them than the bikes at the time this picture was being taken.
This year there was a Masterclass covering the NS – it proved of interest to those who don’t yet own an NS as well as those who do.
Owners of older Moultons were also catered for, and the Masterclass on hub gears proved particularly popular – in view of the crowd it is perhaps fortunate that a lot of people who would have been interested did not realise it was being held!
Although the NS was the main subject of Dr Moulton’s talk on the Saturday afternoon, the new Pashley fx8 model of the APB (lighter than other APBs, but not separable) was also featured, and the Mini (first launched 40 years ago, with Moulton suspension) also got an honourable mention. Left to right in the photograph are: NS Moulton, Dr Moulton, Tim Bigwood (lurking in the garage), Mini Cooper S, Tony Hadland Pashley fx8 and Dan Farrell of Pashley.
Two existing APB owners try out the new Pashley models – Paul Evans on the left has the fx8, while Ian Hodgson on the right tries the automatic 4-speed hub fx4 version.
Last year the first two NS’s were handed over to their proud owners. This year there was an excellent turn out of the new machines, as seen here. Peter Evans disappeared at the crucial moment so Matt Hoffman stepped in to hold his bicycle so that it could be included in our photograph.
Some brave souls tried using the traditional wood barbeque on Saturday evening, although most of those staying at The Hall that evening opted for borrowing the simpler gas fired barbeque that Mark West had brought along (it can be seen in the background).
A variety of Moultons take a breather during the lunch stop at The White Horse, Biddestone on the Sunday ride.