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Watch: TfL unveils new Pashley-made Santander public hire bikes in London

Transport for London works with Pashley to launch redesigned public hire bikes in London

Joe Robinson
30 Oct 2017

This morning saw the launch of the all-new Santander public hire bikes in London, with Transport for London teaming up with UK bike manufacturers Pashley to produce and unveil the new design.

As a result of the work with Pashley, a significant overhaul has taken place with the hire bikes receiving smaller wheels and improved lights and brakes.

The most noticeable change will be the reduction in wheel size. Reverting from 26-inch wheels, the new 24-inch wheels will provide a more responsive and quicker feel, that will help with acceleration from a standing start.

Partnering these new wheels will be harder wearing mudguards as well as robust tyres containing a 4mm internal puncture protection layer.

Assembled by Pashley in Stratford-upon-Avon, the new bikes have also received more powerful Shimano brakes alongside a brighter rear light that increases in strength when coming to a stop.

London walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman expressed his delight at the new bikes and spoke of his ambition to get more people cycling on London's roads.

'Santander Cycles are a brilliant way for all abilities to experience cycling around London,' said Norman.

'They’ve become a real icon of the capital’s streets, appealing to commuters and visitors, so I’m really pleased that we can make them even easier to use,' he added.

'I’ve no doubt that these upgraded bikes are going to help us break more records and encourage even more people to take to two wheels.'

Lead Image: Santander Cycles Twitter

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