Lookin around to upgrade my bike for next year and it struck me (yet again!) why there r so few british manufactures.
No top end makes, components, nothing! sure there r a few bespoke makers, but nothin mainstream (perhaps Boardman?)
why not? we dont lack the design skills or the manufacturing process, just look at the F1 teams.
Other countries kept things going during the resessions of the 70s an 80s, but not us!
do we lack enterprise? no exotic branding? (but then look at LOOK !)
we apparently buy more bikes per head than any other country in europe, so the markets there.
does r lack of manufacturing, generally, explain the decline in the £ ? and why my trip to italy is going to cost a small fortune