Bobbin Bicycles started life as charming, one-of-a-kind little boutique in Islington, London. The owners, husband and wife Tom Morris and Sian Emmison, started off by importing the sort of larger sit-up-and-beg bikes that the Dutch do so well. They would then sell them by appointment only from their workshop / boutique that looked like it might just have been used as a set to shoot a Famous Five film.
The company still retains that sort of vintage, thrown together look and feel, but it disguises what is becoming a very successful brand. They are not just a shop any longer and now manufacture their own bikes to be supplied to like-minded boutiques worldwide. Bobbin Bicycles are now sold from Brazil to Bangkok and most places in between.
Since the launch of their first and most popular bike, the Birdie, Bobbin have added a number of models to their range. While predominantly marketed at female cyclists, there are a few, such as the Monsieur, for the boys. Most bikes are available in a range of different finishes, including leopard print if you’re lucky. Bobbin Bicycles are not performance machines, they are elegant things with vintage appeal that hark back to the golden days of cycling. Think red and white polka dot picnic blankets and a small Scotty dog in your basket. They also do a very nice straw pannier, some vintage lights, a range of wicker baskets and extremely eye-catching gold or silver helmets.