I like the small wheel / suspension combination for commuting and riding the local forest tracks (for which a mountain bike would be overkill). Cobbles and minor bumps are soaked up very well.
I have replaced the original "knobbly" tyres with road tyres (Continental Top Touring 2000) and added a (Pashley) rear rack, mudguards, lock, my own saddle, a bell and a Mirrycle mirror. A good dynamo for this type of bike is the FER 2002 which bolts directly onto the front wheel axle (2004: now at Aufa).
Bought mail-order (very efficiently) from the UK from St John Street Cycles.
The UK based Moulton club is at Moulton Bicycle Club and
the German Importer is
Alex Moulton Fahrräder.
But know that I have discovered recumbents it has been retired. Also I do not think my back could now cope with the hunched-over seating position (I have two fused lower-back vertebra).
With changing priorities it slowly mutated in the early 90s into a specifically commuting bike; 7 speed Sachs (now SRAM) hub gears, hub brakes front and rear, rubber pedals, straight handlebars, AXA dynamo and the excellent Hutchinson Blueline Kevlar belted tyres (I lost count of how much glass I dug out of the tyres before it gave me a puncture).
But know that I have discovered recumbents it has basically retired to a pub-going bike :-(
Update 200?: stolen :-(
The trailer has survived the years of *daily* use (and abuse) very well, and we would recommend it. One important aspect for us was that it folds flat very quickly and easily; as we had to get it up/down from/to a cellar for storage every day.
The stroller kit (bought 1999?) was not too exciting (the front "jockey" wheels do not pivot too well) and the roof leaks a *little* in heavy rain (but the children are in waterproofs in this case anyway) but apart from that it is great (ours is a 1997 model, so there may have been changes and improvements since then).
Update 2010: after many years good service the fabric has died so
stripped down to chassis, added wooden floor and now use as a goods
By the late 80's the bike was being used as a daily commuter bike
but was stolen from outside my office, in broad daylight. No real
loss: I had fun on the bike, but compared even with early 90's
mountain bikes it was heavy and sluggish !!
It was built from Reynolds 531ST tubing and had 18 gears, Blackburn low rider racks and cantilever brakes: all state of the art in 1985 !! The panniers were Karrimor and the saddle a Brooks Colt in honey brown. Transmission was a Simplex rear changer, Sedisport chain, Maillard block (14-28), Stronglight 99 chainset (28/38/48), Sun-tour ratchet bar-end shifters - it shifted like a dream, even without indexing :-) I have no idea why I went for blue handlebar grips !
It was an excellent bike, stable even with a full solo-camping
load. (And some of the parts live on: the chainset with the 38T is
currently on my Flux, the front
low-riders and the bar-end shifters fit my trike And I still have the front panniers.)
But the 1980 model that I had still suffered from the 1970s racing gear setup: 14-28 at the back and 40/52 at the front, way over-geared for touring !! (The Galaxy now comes with much lower, mountain bike influenced, gearing.) But I had many happy day rides, hosteling and camping holidays. It also got me to the top of the Col de L'Iseran (2770m) on a camping tour of the alps in 1983.
(The bike later had a Huret Multito silent (belt driven !!)
milometer with built-in trip meter.) I still have the Karrimor cotton
duck rear panniers (minus badges), the Carradice handlebar bag and the
Sanyo Dynapower bottom bracket fitting dynamo and front head light.
All I have now is the Carradice handlebar bag and the yellow
waterproof that is strapped on the rear rack in the photo !! (the best
I could find of the bike). I remember the brakes were Weimann
centre-pulls, it had a Brooks B17 leather saddle, steel, cottered
cranks (ughh), toe-clips and Binda straps, and a custom paint job (c/o
teenage boredom and a few cans of spray paint !!)