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Thompson Bicycles is a Belgian family business set up in 1921 by Hector De Smet in the town of Geraardsbergen, home of the “Muur van Geraardsbergen” which became famous through the Tour of Flanders. As soon as it was founded, Thompson started full in-house production, from design to frame building, painting and assembling. The public quickly got to know the Thompson motto: “High quality bikes at a fair price”.
Since 1921, four generations of the De Smets have spent over 90 years in the business… and their philosophy has never changed!
Because of their design and quality, the Thompson bikes immediately found their way to the peloton of professional riders. Famous riders like “Iron” Briek Schotte for example won his first Tour of Flanders in 1942 on a Thompson bike. He would later go on to win the Tour 5 more times, making him one of the greatest ‘Flandriens’! But ‘Iron’ Briek wasn’t the only rider who took advantage of the excellent quality of the Thompson bikes; in 1954, Roger Decock won the Tour of Belgium riding a Thompson. In an interview he gave later in life, he said “THE THOMPSON BIKE I RODE IN ’54 WAS THE BEST RACING BIKE I EVER HAD!”
Today, Thompson has a dealer network of over 300 shops in Belgium and has in recent years increasingly been focusing on the export side of the business.