Moped - "A really rational moped"
In the later 1950's the Talbots were manufacturing mopeds at the Norwood workshop (to the rear of the Central Cycles shop). "Cycling and Mopeds" reported positively on the development as reproduced below:
There was another article in 'Power and Pedal' in December 1958 (sorry about the quality of the reproduction).
This is an advertising leaflet for the 'powered bike' - undated.
The 'GracesGuide' website gives a few more technical details of the machine for those who are interested in engineering history.
Blue Door Bicycles does not sell mopeds - but it does the modern equivalent, electric assist bikes. A 1958 moped at around £60 would equate to around £1,000 in today's money.
We also found a number of photographs shown below:
Unfortunately, whilst we have found various 'bits' for a Talbot Moped, we have not found a whole one and certainly don't have enough parts to recreate one. However, if anyone knows where there is one....
Blue Door Bicycles does not deal in mopeds - but we do do ebikes.
To find out what happened to Central Cycle and Auto Stores see: http://www.bluedoorbicycles.com.
For information on the modern equivalent to these mopeds see: http://www.londonelectricbikes.org.uk