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Alex Moulton, 92; created collapsible model for bicycles


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NEW YORK — Alex Moulton — a British automotive engineer who created a small-wheeled bicycle that fired a trend in the 1960s and became the forerunner of the collapsible, portable bikes of today — died Dec. 9 in Bath, England. He was 92.

Mr. Moulton founded Moulton ­Bicycle Co., which still makes by hand bikes based on his original design in Bradford-on-Avon, where he lived.

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Mr. Moulton, who had made a number of innovations in automobile suspension systems, began toying with a small-wheel design for an adult bicycle in the late 1950s. His interest was partly spurred by gasoline rationing in Britain.

But the design was also fostered by his own engineer’s determination to make things better: ‘‘The Moulton bicycle was born out of my resolve to challenge and improve upon the classic bicycle,’’ he said.

His idea was to create a more efficient, all-purpose vehicle, suitable for errands and commuting at least as much as for recreation.

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