Chater-Lea - Our mission
Chater-Lea - Our roots
Chater-Lea - Our process
Chater-Lea - Our friends
Chater-Lea - Our result
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Chater-Lea - Our mission
Chater-Lea - Our roots
Chater-Lea - Our process
Chater-Lea - Our friends
Chater-Lea - Our result
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Our beliefs & commitments

Our mission

Chater-Lea embodies Britain’s re-emerging prowess in advanced manufacturing while championing our island’s illustrious cycling heritage. From cityscape to countryside, we reconnect the classic leisure cyclist with our heartland values of fine making, adventure, nature and home. Among these values, our commitment to our community, to the integrity of our products and to those who use them is foremost.

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Our beliefs & commitments

Our roots

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.

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Our beliefs & commitments

Our process

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 we 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.

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Our beliefs & commitments

Our friends

In a world of mass-production, there is little soul endowed in products made with materials sourced merely for price and ease. Moreover, the high end aftermarket arena is focused on light weight and competition, leaving the leisure market poorly served. Ours, on the other hand, is a world of classic cycle enthusiasts, fans of great design, builders and makers, commuters and countryphiles, and connoisseurs of fine things.

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Our beliefs & commitments

Our result

At Chater-Lea we like to slow things down. Not 100psi; 50psi. We are not at the front of the peleton; we are enjoying the view. We are not looking for marginal gains; we are taking the time to savour all that surrounds us. We are not chasing; we are mindful; and so we avoid toxic materials, chemical laminates or non-organic elements in our products. Moreover, we believe that the care and attention put into the making is imbued in the product itself.

First look

Products coming soon

These images are for reference and do not represent final product design.

Chain Ring Milling Process
Chater-Lea Chain Ring Technical
                  Drawing Sample
01 – Chater-Lea chain ring & crank arm
Chater-Lea Toe Clip Technical
                  Drawing Sample
Chater-Lea Toe Clip Leatherwork
02 – Chater-Lea toe clip & leather straps

Our vision – Ultimately, what is important is the lasting feeling from the cadence of the ride. This is the heart of Chater-Lea. Every element and component counts, birthing something greater than the tangible; creating something that transcends.

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