When Sheffield led the way for cyclists

Langsett Road cycle shop
Langsett Road cycle shop

MEMORIES of when Sheffield produced some of the best bicycles in the country are recalled in a book written by the grandson of the founder of the company.

The Langsett bicycle took its name from the shop in Langsett Road where Herbert Smith started in 1890. His sons, Allan and Edward, developed the business in the 1920s and 1930s,and older cycling enthusiasts will remember the frames built in the Langsett workshop during its 1950s heyday.

About 100 a year were being produced for racing and cycling and were regarded as the top models in the area, with a price to match. The firm was also renowned for the Langsett cycles road race.

The shop moved to Infirmary Road in the 1930s and closed in 1967 when interest in cycling declined and the family concentrated on the engineering side of the business.

Stuart Smith decided to write the book after being contacted by a number of people who were restoring frames of their Langsett bikes.

“It has taken me about five years to put it all together,” said Stuart, aged 69, who lives with wife Carole in Beauchief and is semi-retired from his industrial design company.

The 96-page book costs £14.99 (plus £2 postage) and is available by contacting stuartsmithcycling@talktalk.net.