Classic Bike: Allin - British beauty possibly built by a legendary frame fettler

A classic Allin road bike in front a grey studio backdrop
(Image credit: Future)


Legendary 1930s Olympian Stan Butler - he competed for Great Britain in the road races at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics - and his son Keith, a Continental pro in the 1960s, rode and endorsed Allin bikes. And the South London marque’s almost century-long history is forever intertwined with that of the Butler family and their local club, Norwood Paragon CC.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.