Chater-Lea embodies Britain’s re-emerging prowess in advanced manufacturing while championing our island’s illustrious cycling heritage. From cityscape to countryside, they reconnect the classic leisure cyclist with our heartland values of fine making, adventure, nature and home. Among these values, their commitment to their community, to the integrity of their products and to those who use them is foremost.
From the late 19th Century until the 1960s, Britain led the world in finely-engineered cycle componentry and bicycle making. This design and manufacturing excellence, spearheaded by Chater-Lea from 1890, expanded to hundreds of manufacturers nationwide by the 1950s. Our powerful prowess is one of the greatest industry stories never told. Chater-Lea revives this living tradition for the modern world.
Chater-Lea products are made in the UK. It is on these shores that the uniqueness of our traditions are rooted and it is here that they can ensure a relentless focus on quality and finish. Historically, Chater-Lea embraced the latest in advanced engineering while preserving the essential role of the human builder. Today, human precision still remains the essential element in differentiating Chater-Lea from other manufacturers.
At Chater-Lea they like to slow things down. Not 100psi; 50psi. They are not at the front of the peloton; they are enjoying the view. They are not looking for marginal gains; they are taking the time to savour all that surrounds them. They are not chasing; they are mindful; and so they avoid toxic materials, chemical laminates or non-organic elements in their products. Moreover, they believe that the care and attention put into the making is imbued in the product itself.