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  • Lightweight Extras
    craze to bicycle artwork by Peter Underwood and Stuart Henderson Now with added page showing examples of Drillium Images Early British adaptors of derailleurs by Steve Griffith Eastern bloc international competitive cycling in the Cold War by Geoff Waters Faded Glory the demise of leading types of competitive cycle sport by Geoff Waters The Fixed Wheel Fixie Scene A look at the modern Fixie scene in relation to the classic fixed era by Peter Underwood Fixed Wheel Gallery images of a selection of fixed wheel machines The inch pitch block chain in 20th century track racing by Geoff Waters Italian classics by Peter Underwood Ohrt brothers American sprinters from San Francisco by Peter Underwood and Dennis Hearst The Cycling Legacy of Leon Meredith Bastide and the Constrictor Tyre Company by Geoff Waters The Match Sprint Aristocrat of 20th century summer outdoor track racing by Geoff Waters Pedalling Puritans The amateur in the history of competitive cycling by Geoff Waters Racing in the shadows of mine dumps Black African cycle sport on South Africa s gold mines in the apartheid era by Geoff Waters A roller coaster ride A fact file on cycling at the Olympic Games by Geoff Waters Sculptured

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  • Classic lightweights photo gallery 1
    Simplex and sprints with Dunlop No 3 tubs The riders at either end are on Holdsworths A classic image of a Bates time trial machine in full flight we would guess from pre or post WW2 Obviously riding on tubs and fixed with front Resillian brake and Chater chainset Note obligatory bell in this era Lamp bracket s were optional though In this period riders had to wear black so as to be inconspicuous This image shows Dave Keeler of the Vegetarian C AC riding in the 1958 North Road 24 hour time trial event He is on a Mercian Vincitore equipped with a Paris Roubaix gear which although had been used in Italy in the early 50s was very rare in the time trialling community in the UK at this time Dave also used this machine to break the Land s End to John o Groats record in the same year Toni Merkens seen on the track riding a 6 day cycle race at Wembley Hetchins used to sponsor riders at this event and Merkens here is on the 6 day Model with curly stays very close clearance track ends and of course a Merkens droopy stem with his steel track bars Ken Hogg of the West Suffolk Wheelers riding in the Cambs R C Middlemarkers 25 mile time trial on 15th May 1949 Ken is riding an S J Braham with KP rims on Baylis Wiley hubs Chater cranks GB brakes pump under top tube in clips the obligatory bell on his left bar end plus not obligatory rear lamp Thanks to Ken Hogg for these three images Another image of Ken this time on a Holdsworth Cyclone with Bailey bars and a bottle The wheels are Dunlop Alloy HPs on small flange Airlites Ken is riding a

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  • Readers' Bikes
    Fleur de Lis Superbe 1954 PL Gillott Fleur de Lis 1956 KH Gillott Fleur de Lis 1956 2 DS Gillott Fleur de Lis 1957 NO Gillott Fleur de Lis 1957 PU F Gillott Taper Tube 1953 NF Gloria La Garibaldina 1937 ES Granby Taperlite 1934 WI Granby Regent Taperlite c 1954 DA Granby Twin Tube c 1922 F Granby Taper Tube 1934 KH Jack Green ca 1938 RH Freddie Grubb 1950 KH F H Grubb Perfection 1951 SP Freddie Grubb 1955 1 PC Freddie Grubb 1955 2 GJ Freddie Grub Silver Star c 1960 GH F F H Grubb Perfection Exquisite 1951 RW H Harry Hall 1963 AC Evelyn Hamilton c 1946 BC Pat Hanlon 1968 TH Pat Hanlon late 70 s early 80 s PK Pat Hanlon 1973 PH Harrison R O Super Circuit 1939 NF Harrison R O Shortwin 1949 F Harrison R O Madison Track 1951 Harrison R O Lyta 1951 PU Hayson c 1936 AVT Jack Hearne 1964 PC Hetchins Anglo Continental 1937 KH Hetchins Brilliant 1936 KH Hetchins Hellenic 1967 NO Hetchins Super Special 1949 NO Hetchins Experto Crede 1959 RS Hetchins Experto Crede 1952 NO Hetchins Experto Crede 1958 PP Hetchins Magnum Opus 1950 HV Hetchins Magnum Opus 1952 BJ Hetchins Magnum Opus 1953 AVT Hetchins Magnum Opus 1955 KH Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1956 GH Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1957 PP Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1959 Hetchins Experto Crede 1961 Hetchins Magnum Bonum straight stay 1962 KH Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1963 Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1969 70 Hetchins Nulli Secundus 1954 HV F Hetchins Spyder Swallow 1970 1 PK F Hetchins Swallow 1970 2 BJ Hetchins Vade Mecum 1962 Hetchins Hellenic 1992 KH Higgins Dunster Special 1951 PS Higgins Ultralite 1951 PH Higgins Ultralite SWB tandem 1946 J FJ Higgins Ultralite Plus Parfait 1956 PL Hill Special 1951 PE Hilton Wrigley 1950 s JW Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur 1965 DB Hobbs Blue Riband road path 1946 AVT Hobbs Blue Riband Record 1949 RP Hobbs Blue Riband track iron c 1950 TD F Hobbs Blue Riband 1951 Hobbs Continental 1936 AVT Hobbs Raceweight 1951 GE F Hobbs Raceweight 1948 PC F Hobbs Raceweight 1949 PC Hobbs Superbe 1946 KH Hobbs Superbe 1948 PK Hobbs Superbe 1948 HB F Hobbs Superbe 1948 BJ Hobbs Super Course 1949 PL Holdsworth La Quelda 1949 RH Holdsworth welded 1950 1 MB Holdsworth Sirocco Whirlwind 1952 PL Holdsworth Super Mistral c 1967 PCK Holdsworth Typhoon 1955 JG F Holdsworth Whirlwind 1952 MR Holdsworth Whirlwind c 1955 NMcC F Holdsworth Zephyr Road Path PH F Holdsworth Zephyr 1952 BW F Holdsworth Italia Professional 1967 KP J A Holland 1958 NO Holmes of Welling DB DW W B Hurlow 1962 EL W B Hurlow Touring 1969 DB Bill Hurlow Italia 1971 I Alex Iles 1971 J JRJ Track Bob Jackson 1952 JC F Trevor Jarvis International TT 1980 BC Trevor Jarvis Flying Gate Track 1981 BC F Trevor Jarvis Flying Gate Stayer 1991 BC F Jensen 1961 PA Jensen 1963 TH K Ron Kitching Prestige One

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  • Reminiscences
    years with the Midland Cycling Athletics Club Jon Derricott Restoring John Beck s Claud Butler Terry Drury reminiscences on working at Rivetts of Leytonstone in the 1950 s Sid Ellis BLRC North Midlands Section 1951 9 Sid Ellis Random Recollections of Cycling in Egypt 1950 51 Alan Gooding Ernie Clements and George Halls Wally Happy a life in cycling Bernard Howard Memories of the London cycling scene in the Fifties Martin Jubb My teenage cycling years in the Bristol area Len Lawson West Suffolk Wheelers Me and my Carpenter Peter Lowry Cycling in Malaya Ken Lowson The Exiles racing in Egypt in the 50 s Andrew Loughran Memories of Cycling in Huddersfield in the 1950 s Rod Newland Road racing in the 50 s Derek Parks Hetchins Vade Mecum 1958 Ken Plowman The adventures of a little Rivetts bike Roger Pratt Charlie Alexander s bike shop in Cardiff Brian Redfern The Coppi Meeting at Herne Hill 1958 James Shaw Bradford bikes and builders in the late 40 s and early 50 s John Spooner Brooks saddles blocking and butchering Gerald Tredwell Racing in the League Peter Underwood Buckshee Wheelers LAC G M Garth Peter Underwood Speciality Cycling Clubs from the

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  • Restoration
    levers servicing and fitting by Peter Underwood Campagnolo bottom brackets and axles by Peter Underwood Conloy Simplex hybrid gear modified by Robin Walker Cycle threads submitted by Alexander von Tutschek Dacon hub derailleur converter by Bill Ives Derailleur gear tables by Simplex Early British adaptors of derailleurs by Steve Griffith Frame identification by number by Alvin Smith Front Changers by Steve Griffith Granby Restoration by Bill Ives Guide to 20th Century Racing Bicycles by Geoff Waters Harden hubs bearing replacement by Peter Underwood Hints and tips Hints and tips 2 Hints and tips 3 How to paint a bicycle frame by Keith Hellon Hybrid hub derailleur gears by Bob Damper Hybrid hub derailleur gears by Peter Lowry Lug lining by Roger Langworth Lug lining and frame decorations by Peter Underwood A Method to choose brake sets and wheel size to fit varying fork lengths by Alvin Smith Removing frozen seatpins by John Conway Repairing a frame with stripped bottom bracket by Bill Ives Restoring an original classic Sun Wasp by Derek Athey Restoring pedals by Peter Brown Reynolds tubing a history of by Nick Tithecott Ron Kitching catalogues Everything Cycling Aids to Happy Cycling by Steve Griffith Simplex Tour de

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  • Calendar of classic lightweight bike events in the UK
    at Trumpington Road Park and Ride Junction 11 of M11 at 10am prompt Flat ride more than suitable for fixed wheel and those geared classics with tricky gears you don t usually ride All makes of classic lightweights fixed or geared welcome of course We shall use the guided busway for a fair stretch of this ride which will total some 35 miles The busway is smooth tarmac and traffic free giving a very relaxed ride Hopefully lunch will be at St Ives to be confirmed nearer to date Contact Peter Underwood Tel 01223 565036 or email peter underwood at tesco net Sunday 8 May 2016 Along and around the Clarendon Way Hants From Kings Sombourne Hants SO20 6PN 09 30 for 10 00 depart Exploring the rolling countryside along and around the ancient Clarendon Way in westerly Hampshire Full Details Bob Damper 02380 263420 Sunday 15 May 2016 Reading Lightweight Ride Theale Village Hall RG7 5AS 10 am start 35 miles L Eroica rules lightweight racing bikes only 2 pub stops Jumble for riders This years theme London Builders Oldest Bike Contact via Facebook page Reading Lightweight Ride Friday Saturday Sunday 10 11 12 June 2016 The Bates Weekend Based at Horam Manor Touring Park Horam East Sussex TN21 0YD Graeme Val Gill Contact val gill ntlworld com Sunday 12 June 2016 On your Midland Marques Hants From Arlesford Railway Station SO24 9JG Watercress Line Hants 10 00 for 10 30 depart An easy ride of 30 35 miles along quiet lanes and cycle paths for marques made in and around Birmingham all other marques of course extremely welcome this run very suitable for single speed machines Full Details Simon Turner 01962 734560 Sunday 10 July 2016 Lisa s Saddlebag Picnic Ride Hants From Wallington Fareham Hants PO16 8ST 09 30 for 10 00 depart Pack your sandwiches and ginger beer Lisa will lead us on a journey back in time along leafy lanes and through pretty villages We ll enjoy a lazy picnic on soft grass at a spectacular viewpoint Rolling terrain Don t forget your picnic Pub lunch IF WET Polite request from today s leader no moderns please Full Details Lisa Drummy 02392 610461 Sunday 7 August 2016 Wilton and the Ebble Valley Hants From The Penruddocke Arms Dinton nr Salisbury SP3 5EL 09 30 for 10 00 depart A charming little amble along the Ebble Valley taking in lunch at Semley in truly rural Wiltshire and tea at Tisbury on the return run Full Details Alexander von Tutchek 01225 465532 Wednesday 24 August 2016 Flower Pots Perenial midweek annual Hants From the Flower Pots Cheriton nr Alresford Hants SO24 oQQ meet for lunch 14 00 depart Come along and enjoy this social run around the peaceful lanes of mid Hampshire with the usual tea stop at Alresford Railway Station Watercress Line Full Details Nick Wiley 07747 151160 Sunday 4 September 2016 The Midhurst Classic Hants From Midhurst West Sussex GU29 9DW 10 00 for 10

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  • Links to related sites
    Vegetarian C AC A significant club in the history of cycling Dave Keeler was a member VeloBase com Your Vintage Cycling Database Velo Pages website Vintage Catalogues reproduced by R S Broderick including the collection of vintage component catalogs authorized republications of repair maintenance and technical articles authorized republications of pertinent road tests and reviews authorized republications of summations from industry trade shows and various errata including a pictorial history of vintage Peugeot team bikes and to a lesser extent their riders Veteran Cycle Club The official club site Vintage Bicycle Vintage bicycle information sharing and occasional sales with a particular interest in French touring bicycles Bespoke bicycle saddles and Leatherwork In Velo Veritas A ride for classic lightweights in the vineyards West of Vienna Marques Flying Scot The Flying Scot web site maintained by Bob Reid Hetchins Everything you ever wanted to know about Hetchins Hobbs of Barbican Maintained by Bruce Robbins Holdsworth Norman Kilgariff s site which also covers FH Grubb and Claud Butler Lots of catalogues Jack Taylor The Jack Taylor site and Register Llewellyn Bikes A rare chance to see where some classic machines are still being built in Australia The Mercian Cycles Register Research into pre 1970s Mercians Maintained by Chris Barbour Moorson Twin Tube Rotrax Tim Maund has been building Rotrax road and track frames since the mid 80 s Trevor Jarvis TJ Cycles Flying Gate Viking Cycle Company Wilson Cycles of Sheffield have a section on their website dedicated to the history of their riders and machines Services and suppliers Bikeville Philadelphia USA Via Bicycle s online store Campagnolo Nigel Scott Nigel sources obsolete Campagnolo Nuovo Super C Record and no carbon black ErgoPower Cinelli Regina etc Occasionally frames bikes all NOS The Old Bicycle Company Tim Gunn has created an online auction

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  • Dennis Horn track racing in the thirties
    the decade or so before WWII and I am taking the liberty of promoting the resulting book which is being published by Adrian Bell of Mousehold Press The story focuses on one rider Dennis Horn who was a legend in the Fens and Norfolk where I grew up and went on to become a national and international track champion The book provides an insight into the lives led by a band of grass and hard track racers who travelled the country fighting for prizes which in view of the time they devoted to this must have become a way of life It portrays the track world of the Thirties in which Horn competed where crowds of tens of thousands followed these gladiators to events around the country The book also deals with Claud Butler s involvement in the track world during that era Dennis Horn Racing for an English Rose by Peter Underwood with contributions by Geoff Waters pp 84 with 12 pp black and white photographs ISBN 978 1 874739 66 1 210 x 148 mm Price 8 95 At the age of 20 Dennis Horn won his first English Rose the emblem of a National track champion Throughout the 1930s he rapidly graduated from the rough and tumble of makeshift grass track racing at country fairs and gala sports days in provincial towns to assail the heights of British track cycling on the great urban cycling bastions of the time the hard surfaced stadiums of London s Herne Hill and Manchester s Fallowfield and become the star of British track racing Every year from 1931 to 1938 he was awarded the season long Meredith Trophy to add to those legendary gold and silver cups he d won in fiercely contested track battles in front of crowds of tens

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