The 20th century brought us countless improvements in motorized personal transport. The bar of comfort and convenience was raised ever higher, from the smoke-spewing two-cycle moped, to the gas guzzling luxury sedan (with climate control and heated seats), to the plug-in electric car (which still today runs on an average 50% coal.) Meanwhile, advancements in human-powered mobility have been incremental. More gears, smoother shifting, better braking, and ergonomic improvements have all had their turn, but because personal experience is personal, bicycling was as enjoyable in 1920 as it is today.
In the 21st century the concept of mobility has become more abstract. Geographical distance has become less logistically crucial and more socially relevant. Our lives keep accelerating. Schedules are streamlined, productivity rises, social and professional networks bloom into infinite webs of… what? Our gadgets become ever more efficient and enabling, ever more powerful and user friendly. But what are we using them for? When will this one be outdated, and that newer one arise, only to itself become yesterday’s news? When will a hand-held gadget deliver its user to a human embrace?
Never mind all that. Littleford Bicycles hand-crafts elegant, perpetual discovery machines that run on local food and fresh air, and will never become obsolete.
Every Littleford bike is built from a hand drawing. Custom racks, mounts, lights and flourishes are conceptualized on paper before anything is built. Frames are lugged or fillet brazed, racks are hand bent and fillet brazed. Custom light mounts, internal housing ports and stay bridges are routinely fabricated from steel rod, bar and tubing to mate form and function without compromise.