Bob Chicken, founder of cycle distributor RJ Chicken & Sons, has died aged 90.

An active member of the British cycle industry since the mid-1940s, Chicken retired from his business to Madeira, where he passed away late last week.

Chicken was the subject of Graeme Fife’s biography, Bob Chicken: A Passion for the Bike, published in 2005 which charted the life of one of the most influential, likeable and colourful characters that the cycle industry is ever likely encounter.

RJ Chicken & Sons is run by his two sons, Robert and Cedric. The company distributes many well-known cycling brands, including Time, Cinelli, Tifosi, Deda, Nalini, Miche, Sapim, Selle Italia and many others.

Chicken was awarded an MBE for his services to the British cycling industry in 2008.

  • Tony Mack

    For the new generation of cyclists Bob Chicken’s loss may go unnoticed. For my generation who knew Bob it is difficult not to overstate the massive contrbution he made to cycling and cyclesport in the UK. He was in every sense a true gentleman and an extraordinary ambassador for our sport. A gentle and kindly man he will be greatly missed and Cycling is the poorer for his passing.

  • Trevor Bevan

    Bob Chicken was a gentleman of our trade I worked for R J Chicken for many years Bob Senior proposed myself for the Pickwick Bicycle Club along with Cedric,a great privilage for me,we shared happy times ich will rememwhbered, my condolences to the family, from “The Red Nosed Mr Stiggens” aka Trevor Bevan

  • Simon Winfield

    l am very sad to hear of Bob Chicken’s passing. l first met him when l worked for RJ Chicken as a rep in the early 90’s. He always had time to chat and ask how things were going despite being busy. My thoughts go out particularly to Cedric and Robert at this time.

    Simon Winfield,
    Cycle Care Ltd.

  • Ken Evans

    Resisted the imports from the Far East,
    stuck to European brands.

  • Alan Rushton

    The passing of much admired Bob Chicken is a great sadness for all who knew him.

    A man of honour and a real gentleman who will be remembered for a long time.

    Alan Rushton