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  • Ron Kitching catalogues - Everything Cycling
    catalogue in 1948 was very slim publication entitled Ron Kitching The Riders Agent then he was working out of a retail shop in Station Road Harrogate Not surprisingly the vast majority of firms were British with only some of the clothing and tubulars coming from Europe Belgium Throughout the 50 s the number of continental names increases at a dramatic rate so much so that by 1963 British names were very much in the minority Later names like TA Zeus Cinelli and Alex became synonymous with Ron Kit From the mid 50 s the Milremo trade name appears from the Milan San Remo road race Amongst manufacturers making badge engineered products under the Milremo marque were Lyotard Super Champion CLB Christophe Phillipe Milremo included some innovation especially in the areas of brakes and pedals their centre pull of the early 60 s features an adjustable reach and is far more than just a copy It s interesting to note that Kitching seems to have a dislike for products he had to share with other wholesalers e g Campagnolo and Mafac which had a fairly short life with him Left example of technical information in Everything Cycling The 70 s reflect

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/kitching-holdsworth.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Terry's stop-watch clip
    the winder with a single sweep second hand and a smaller dial for the minutes On the right is a Terry s advert used in 1952 I think the printing block must have run over from pre war as no racing cyclist in that year would have been riding without any extension to the stem Again most riders would have mounted the watch on the front of the bars as in the position illustrated the knees would have hit the watch when honking riding out of the saddle Assuming this was a pre war clip it would probably have been used by a tourist to hold a conventional watch for telling the time as the two hands on the face show By 1952 most sales would have been to racing cyclists wanting a stop watch to check their progress during a time trial The reason that few watches are seen in photographs of the time is that in those days they were expensive commodities in comparison with earnings especially for younger riders who were often on apprenticeship rates Tightening the knurled nut seen in the image below would tighten the clip around the bars and also secure the watch in

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/watch-clip.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Wingnuts
    still trying Make Material Date Description Comments Huret Chrome plated bronze and bronze finishes 40s to early 80s Butterfly stamped Huret and Huret Luxe no real difference Chrome plated over bronze will not break Different types e g in the size and angles of the wings Sova and Marcel French Plated alloy 70s 80s Butterfly Copies of the Huret design marked Sova 95 Fitted to cheaper French bikes Brown Bros Steel gun metal according to their catalogue 30s to 50s Butterfly open chrome nickel and black finish Some drilled Some are marked Made in England in small letters on the arms OMG French Alloy 60s Butterfly Imported by Ron Kitching ref 1970 catalogue C L B Alloy and Bronze 40s 50s Butterfly Marked CLB in small writing on arm Cyclo Steel and alloy 30s to 50s Butterfly Marked Cyclo Rosa Sturmey Archer Steel 30s to early 60s Butterfly and drilled see fig 1 Made for SA hub gear threads Sought after but rarer are the matching front Atax Alloy 50s to 70s Butterfly French maker of handlebars and stems Gripfast Steel 30s to 90s Range of all the common designs lever model marked with Reg No 8705090 on short side Butterfly marked Gripfast England Trademark of the Utility Company Birmingham Made cotter pins seat bolts etc Some of the most common wingnuts see fig 5 Lever model became fashionable post WWII G B Hiduminium 40s to 60s Lever GB also made a version to fit Sturmey marked GB see fig 2 Reynolds Hiduminium 40s 50s Butterfly lage size Raleigh Steel 40s 50s Butterfly and open model for the RRA Plus plainer models Has R as part of design B S A Steel 20s to 40s Butterfly Marked B S A Weinmann Alloy 60s Freddie Grubb Steel 30s Butterfly Marked F H G on barrel Bayliss Wiley Steel 30s to 40s Butterfly and open plus a special drilled lightened version Not marked British Hub Co Steel 30s to 50s Butterfly Solite model Also made tandem vesion Chater Lea Steel 20s 30s Barrel and Tommy Bar Not made post war Phillips Steel 30s to 50s Butterfly and Tommy Bar Stamped Phillips on arm Constrictor Alloy Conloy metal 30s to 50s Butterfly Marked Constrictor in very small letters and on some Con in larger text See figure 3a and b Harden Alloy 1947 50 Butterfly Marked Harden Made in England Exeltoo French Alloy 30s Butterfly Can find no reference post WWII Brampton Steel 20s 30s Butterfly Also made for tandem axles unmarked Bell French Chromed steel and alloy 40s 50s Butterfly lever completely one sided Very sought after especially for French bikes e g Rene Herse All marked Bell Simplex Alloy 40s 50s Butterfly Marked Simplex very rare Huret seemed to be market leaders in France Shimano and Sugino Steel and alloy 70s 80s Butterfly drilled Rare in the UK Key to descriptions Lever one long arm the other short often with a flat surface Butterfly arms come out at an angle standard

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/wingnuts-griffith-comp.html (2016-02-09)
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  • The Agrippa brake
    FITMENT DESIGN AND CYCLING EFFICIENCY The AGRIPPA represents in astonishing degree a tremendous step forward in cable brake design Briefly it incorporates a series of lever arms the action of which increases its braking power by no less than four times Thus only a mere touch of the lever is required in order to effectively apply the brakes to the rim The design of the AGRIPPA provides for a perfect

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/agrippa-components.html (2016-02-09)
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  • B & T ‘Manx’ Brakes
    Burmin and Strata B T in turn must have looked for peacetime outlets for their engineering talents The caliper was a simple affair being constructed essentially from sections of sheet alloy with the arms pivoting from threaded bolts fixed to an arched frame and linked together by a single return spring A cable attached to a central yoke would engage with the arms to pull them upwards but draw them

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/b&t-manx-brakes.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Beborex brakes
    designs Restoration Classic riders Reminiscences Photo Gallery Ride calendar Links to related sites Beborex brakes The Beborex brake was imported into the UK in the 50 s by Ron Kitching and boasted amplified leverage Below Beborex brakes fitted the the 1952 Tour of Britain winning Ellis Briggs which was ridden by Ken Russell Ken felt that the brakes did improve the braking as stated in the adverts of the time

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/beborex.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Bulla brakes
    revealed that Bulla was born in Vienna in September 1905 and died relatively recently in March 1990 He won three stages in the 1931 Tour de France riding as a touriste routier wore the Yellow Jersey for a day and finished only 1 hour 51 minutes down on the great Antonin Magne In the 1935 Vuelta he finished fifth taking two stages quite a rider Right Image of Max Bulla

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/bulla-brake.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Burlite brakes
    advertised in Aids to Happy Cycling in 1949 These levers would be matched to the stirrups see image bottom right which were obviously intended to compete with the standard GB Hiduminiums The other two centre pull stirrups shown below have the look of pre war brakes which carried on in production in post war years but I have yet to substantiate this At the moment the only dating we have on them is that of the centre image which is stamped PAT PNG 6035 45 Patent pending No 6035 of 1945 This brake was fitted to a pre war 1938 R O Harrison It has a very crude look almost like a home made or crude prototype being pressed from alloy sheet The centre pull on the left looks like a more sophisticated version of it If you can help with the dating of these two stirrups it would be appreciated They are neither listed in Brown Bros Catalogue for 1939 nor 1952 On the left is a report of a Cycling test printed in May 1947 The drawing of the lever clamp is not very accurate as the securing band was more substantial than that shown see image of

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/burlite.html (2016-02-09)
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