Flying Pigeon Bicycles UK


The iconic Chinese bicycle made in Tianjin since 1950

Kingdom Of Bicycles

The Flying Pigeon bicycle has become 'a cultural icon of old China' -The Telegraph 2006
With a bicycle culture rivalling that of Denmark and the Netherlands, the Chinese made Flying Pigeon has become the most popular mechanised vehicle on the planet.

Manufactured continuously since 1950 under the instruction of the Communist Party, Flying Pigeon was the first of 'New China's' bike makers. The traditional Flying Pigeons PA02, PB13 and the PA06 double bar were originally modeled on the English 1932 Raleigh Roadster and the design has remained unchanged to date. This has meant it's components are interchangeable with those of vintage bikes here in the UK and therefore a great source of spare parts for restoration projects.

In the rapidly changing landscapes of a developing China the bicycle is in danger of being left at the side of the road. However, the growing nostalgia felt for this bicycle is strong enough for the formation of new owners and collectors clubs around the world. In 1994, the Chinese government named it a "national key trademark brand under protection" enshrining it as a national treasure. A working machine designed and built to last a life time, its simplicity of design and illustrious history rightly make this bicycle a classic.

The original ideas behind the conception of the Flying Pigeon have spun full circle. Prosperity and aspirations in Europe have been redefined in the direction of a simpler, clearer and slower lifestyle. Post Mao leader Deng Xiaoping famously described prosperity in 70's China as “ A Flying Pigeon in every household”. In this uncertain era it is time to rediscover the bicycle. Leave the fast lane and sit up, don't rush and enjoy the slow ride!

As featured in the exhibition CYKLAR! in 2011 curated by Sune Nordgren


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(Image - Bicyclists From Above, Beijing 1989 gelatin silver print © Kristoffer Albrecht. Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery