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The Moulton metaphor for architecture today

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Is Matthew Teague absolutely convinced that the 'Moulton' is the acme of bicycle design?

(MetalWorks, AJ 27.6.02) Being a seasoned cyclist, I always found Moultons inherently unstable, even dangerous, especially when fitted with shopping baskets. I am no scientist, but I think it must be connected with the limited gyroscopic effect produced by the smaller wheels compared with a bike fitted with conventionally sized wheels. And I forget who, but didn't someone say that the Moulton is a 'superb answer to a selfimposed problem'?

It is evident from the illustration that there is some exquisite engineering going on, but 'sustainable'? Well, I suppose it could be 'molten' and 'recycled'.

And is not the thinking behind it akin to the current fad in architecture for protuberences and bits sticking out everywhere, both internally and externally? You must know you have failed when you find yourself putting 'plastic prongs' on your exquisite external steelwork to discourage pigeons, or when the flocculent dust and grime is an inch thick on your internal structure.

No, when I see the 'yellow jersey' hurtling around La Belle France on a Moulton is when I will be convinced that this is state of the art, or even sensible.

Joe Hayward, Stanmore

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