London's new Santander Cycles hire bike: smaller wheels, better brakes and improved lights

Pashley Cycles created British-made replacement model for London's cycle hire scheme

Santander Cycles hire bike made by Pashley

(Image credit: Transport for London)

A new generation of London cycle hire bikes has been unveiled, with a host of updates to help improve safety and ease of use.

Santander Cycles, as the hire bike scheme is now known, officially revealed the new model on Monday. The model is made by British company Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.