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  • David track bike
    model Wooden Constrictor rims Vittoria rally tubs Chainset Unknown but with Cross stamped on the arms To be replaced by Chater Lea when one becomes available Pedals Chater Lea sprint Gears Single speed fixed Brakes Burlite front brake only Stem Bars GB alloy Spearpoint stem with Reynolds Binda bars Saddle Wrights Olympian 56 Extra details The previous owner bought the Sprint Iron in 1947 passing it to me unrestored in

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  • An appreciation of Bill Harvell
    s shop at Hilsea was a mecca for southern cyclists and was often full of enthusiasts listening to his well told tales I got to know all of these stories and from afar could tell from his gestures which epic he was describing Perhaps the best was about an Isle of Man race which he managed to finish on a bike seriously wrecked by collision with the sandbags at Craig na Baa His audience sometimes included sailors from the Free French Navy at Portsmouth Bill spoke no French and used me as a translator in my schoolboy French What a challenge Several of us lads worked for Bill in the late 1940s on Saturdays and during school holidays He paid no wages but allowed generous access to his dump of smashed bikes and equipment He was a good wheel builder and competent mechanic In those days there was a huge shortage of cycling gear What was available was mostly pre war second hand and beyond our means With the aid of 1930s French catalogues some of us constructed workable Simplex gears from bits and pieces We also salvaged chainsets with odd cranks handlebar stems and seat pillars I found a pair of Jack Sibbit track bars which even then looked very obsolete When we started racing at the age of 14 there were plenty of events at Southampton Gosport and Portsmouth tracks There were time trials at various distances on local courses and an occasional massed start race on what became the Goodwood motor circuit In winter there were indoor roller competitions and even a race between runners and cyclists over a tough cross country course on Portsdown Hill Bill was usually at track events and sometimes provided us with an old tandem which helped to liven the pace in training sessions at Alexandra Park Few of us could afford track bikes so we rode on stripped down road machines On one occasion officials refused to let me take part because removal of my derailleur had left about an inch of spindle protruding beyond the track nut Bill came to the rescue with a hacksaw and offered to tidy up the projection This pacified the officials but left me protesting at the cost of a new spindle Smiling through gritted teeth Bill urged me to stop whining and to get on with the race but he finally offered to pay for a new item After the 1948 Olympics Portsmouth staged a major track meeting which attracted an international field Bill was concerned that I had not entered Fees though modest were a problem but he persuaded me to complete the forms and undertook to send them on to the promotors I shall never know if he exerted any influence but I was astonished to find myself in the same heat of the Half Mile Handicap as Reg Harris then reigning world sprint champion Bill had a keen sense of humour and a wealth of earthy sayings I think he nursed

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  • Vic Edwards cycle builder
    Barbican where he was said to have built a considerable number of their Blue Riband frames Alf Hetchins E G Bates and for Monty Young at Condor He was regarded as a highly skilled framebuilder Below are some examples of his work on his Rondinella frames Above left to right Vic Edwards Rondinella topeye Vic Edwards Rondinella head transfer Vic Edwards Rondinella fork crown His name is also associated with Pat Hanlon Alf Shorter where he is said to have built a frame for Alf Engers the number one short distance time triallist of the era Rory O Brien and Ducketts If all of these musings are true then Vic Edwards must have been the busiest and one of the most revered builders in England Geoff Nagle a Vic Edwards admirer spoke to Monty at Condor about the era when Vic built for them Monty told him that he remembered Vic as working there from the late 60s to early 80s He said that all of Vic s frames had a V prefix to the frame number on both the bottom bracket and fork stem He also said that he was one of the very best craftsmen he came across and his work was held in very high regard Geoff thought he worked at Condor earlier at the same time as Bill Hurlow perhaps He was certainly making his own frames in the back of a church in Ilford in 1957 Here are pictures from Bob Johnson of the beautiful one off bike built by Vic Edwards for Roger St Pierre he and Roger worked out the special features The frame has La Varesina on the down tube and a Bianchi transfer on the seat tube Cable stops with guides for back brake rear derailleur and bar end shifters special

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  • T J Quick cycles
    most of his working life he built his first frame in the garden shed took it to Holdsworths and asked them to check it over and they offered him a job as a frame builder so that was where he started He later set up on his own building frames in the back of the Don Louis shop in Dulwich Road then opened his own shop just a few doors down the road He then moved to a workshop in Battersea followed by a move to Forest Hill he also did other engineering works If you remember the Goodies on TV Tom made the triplet that they use to ride Hope this is a little help for you my son has one of the few mountain bikes he made There is now no trace of his shop at 230 Stanstead Road Forest Hill as the row of shops have been cleverly converted into period town houses I bought a small racing bike for one of my sons from him and he repaired a similar bike that belonged to my other son that had been in an accident The Bicycle December 1952 Tom advertised in The Bicycle from at least 1952

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  • Faded glory - past sprinters
    within the confines of a banked cement velodrome with eager spectators surrounding the action Speeds as high as 100kph and the participants willingness to take the consequent risks involved characterised this new discipline and these stayer races became hugely popular in France Germany and the United States before the First World War the element of danger adding drama to the sport The enormous sums of money earned by the leading professionals ensured a constant stream of new talent prepared to accept these risks Andrew Ritchie 2011 Quest for Speed p 341 According to Ritchie one source estimates that between 1899 and 1928 33 riders and 14 pacemakers were killed on European and American tracks In Berlin in 1909 a motor pacing machine left the track resulting in nine deaths and 50 injuries amongst spectators A typical motor paced track racing scene with pacer and rider note rider s huge chainwheel small front wheel reverse fork rake and roller on the rear of motor cycle On the track human paced stayer events were increasingly overshadowed by the motorcycle paced events Nevertheless that human paced long distance track events lingered on into the early part of the 20th century in some countries is revealed by Jowett s report on South African cyclists who raced in Britain In 1913 W R Smith competed in England and won the 100 miles Tandem Paced Championship of England as well as breaking the existing record for the distance Prior to competing in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp three of the cyclists took part in the 50 miles British Tandem Paced Championships at the famous Herne Hill stadium against champions from all parts of the world Kaltenbrun and Walker rode the tandem pacing W R Smith and they won the title despite the tandem crashing at 20 miles Walter Jowett 1983 Centenary 100 years of organised South African cycle racing p 56 But the UCI amateur motor paced stayer world title itself was discontinued in 1914 and only revived again in 1958 apparently under pressure from the Eastern Bloc where the event had remained popular In 1958 the UCI amateur motor paced world title was duly won by the East German rider Lothar Meister On the road human paced long distance races declined even more rapidly with the Bordeaux Paris being one of the few to retain it for a time in various forms To quote Peter Clifford Originally pacing was by teams of single bicycles but tandems triplets and even quadruplets were soon introduced After a few years when cars were used for part of the race bicycles were re introduced and held their own until the advent of motor bikes in 1931 The Derny a type of moped was first used in 1938 and has been used ever since only the town from which pace is taken having varied Peter Clifford 1973 Cycling Classics 1970 72 P 63 1970 winner of the Bordeaux Paris Belgian Herman van Springel leading in the closing stages of the race paced by a derny moped By the 1970s that it remained a paced long distance road event made the Bordeaux Paris a quaint survival from the past Apart from it and the likes of the Criterium des As an exhibition race behind derny motorcycles by a selection of elite pros such as Merckx on a short circuit in central Paris road cycle sport in Continental Europe had assumed an exclusively massed start en ligne form The last Bordeaux Paris was held in 1988 after which it disappeared completely from the professional cycling calendar In the early 1990s the UCI terminated the world motor paced title Thus both human and motor paced cycle sport on road and track had to all intents and purposes ended by the end of the 20th century Its ghost survives today as elements of some winter six day races while the derny pacing motorcycle features in Keirin track events at UCI world contests and at the Olympic Games Unpaced cycle sport varieties and vicissitudes Like paced racing unpaced racing involving usually individual riders or in some instances small teams dates from the 19th century origins of the sport On both track and road and in many different guises it consists of riders being either timed over specified distances or their distances travelled within particular time frames being measured The Hour Record is an example of the latter type of event as are 12 Hour and 24 Hour events The British 25 mile unpaced race and the modern Olympic road time trial exemplify the former type As with paced racing the standardisation of unpaced events evolved over time assuming a variety of forms in different countries and at international level British time trialling star of the 1930s Frank Southall receiving a bottle at a feeding station in a 100 mile time trial event of the period Unpaced events time trials are indelibly associated with cycle sport as it developed in the British Isles during the course of the 20th century Due to complex historical reasons for much of the century it remained the only form of road racing to exist there In Continental Europe by contrast the unpaced road event contre le montre remained a rarity It was only in the post World War II period that unpaced racing on British roads was increasingly challenged by massed start events organised by the rebel British League of Racing Cyclists BLRC Consideration of the byzantine nature of the conflict between the arrivistes of the BLRC and the traditionalists of the National Cycling Union NCU and Road Time Trials Council RTTC lies beyond the scope of this article However it was ultimately largely resolved by the BLRC and NCU uniting to form the British Cycling Federation BCF in the late 1900s As a result massed start Continental style road racing became firmly established in Britain Nevertheless the RTTC remained apart and has continued to successfully control and organise time trials on British roads as Cycling Time Trials CTT through to the present In Britain for much of the first half of the 20th century and into the 1970s unpaced racing and particularly road time trialling 10 25 30 50 and 100 mile events and 12 and 24 hour races continued to enjoy the highest prestige Its leading exponents and national champions like Frank Southall in the 1930s and Ray Booty in the 1950s were lauded in the national cycling press and revered by the mass of grassroots cyclists who regularly tested themselves in similar events during the summer months In its heyday British road time trialling was a secretive sporting cult widely pursued primarily by urban working class people and served by small specialist local frame builders They produced limited numbers of time trial specific Path lightweight steel machines for local devotees Today these individualistic handcrafted bespoke frames and machines are prized by collectors across the world Bearing idiosyncratic clues to their provenance particularly in their elaborate hand cut lugwork these frames bear the prosaic names of their fabricators like A S Gillott Hetchins Bill Hurlow and Ephgrave Together they represent the holy grail to the classic cycling cognoscenti Classic 1957 Gillott Fleur de Lis TT machine period correct restored Owner Peter Underwood From the 1950s onwards with the advent of the BLRC and massed start road racing time trial events progressively declined in terms of cachet in British cycling circles Reports of the exploits of pioneering British road riders abroad like Brian Robinson Tommy Simpson and Barry Hoban appeared in specialist magazines such as Sporting Cyclist As a result the Anglophone cycling community began to worship new gods These were the Continental road racing professionals such as Bartali Coppi Louison Bobet Charly Gaul Bahamontes Jacques Anquetil and the two Belgian Riks van Steenbergen and Van Looy They were the exotic superstar winners of the great European stage races and one day classics in the years following World War II In the 1960s they were transcended in the cyclists pantheon by the Belgian cycling superstar Eddy Merckx Today the 20th century stars of British road time trialling are largely forgotten men and women Conversely in European cycle sport the unpaced road event remained a rarity throughout the 20th century In some stage races like the Tour de France and Giro d Italia road time trials either for individuals or for teams were erratically included as single stages For a period annual elite time trials were organised in France the Grand Prix des Nations in Italy the two man Trofeo Baracchi Both featured the leading riders of their day like Anquetil and Coppi The 142km French event was first held in 1932 the last in 2004 the Italian race was staged from 1944 until 1991 Both were ultimately eclipsed by the UCI introducing the world individual road time trial championship title in 1994 At the 1960 Rome Olympics a 100km road time trial for four man teams was introduced and continued on into the 1990s when it was replaced by an individual event On the track unpaced events of many different types developed down the years The world Hour Record proved to be the most enduring of these Its first holder was Henri Desgrange who went on to found the Tour de France in 1903 In 1893 Desgrange riding alone and unaided covered 35 325 kilometres in one hour on Paris Buffalo outdoor velodrome Since then the world hour record has continued to be pursued albeit somewhat erratically down the decades Many of the sport s established superstars like Coppi Anquetil and Merckx have held it at various times It has thus continued to be considered cycling s Blue Riband event The short distance track individual time trial standardised to 1 000 metres for men is one event which survived at Olympic level over the entire 20th century but has since disappeared from the Olympic schedule The UCI amateur track 1 000 m individual TT world title was introduced in 1966 when the championships were held in West Germany Pierre Trentin of France won the first title and it is an event traditionally dominated by powerful track sprinters The track pursuit race is generally regarded as an unpaced event Typically held over distances of 3 000 4 000 or 5 000 metres in its purest form it involves two individuals or teams starting on opposite sides of the track and pursuing each other over the fixed distance The winner is the individual or team which crosses the finish line first and thus sets the faster time for the required distance The track team pursuit first featured in the 1900 Paris Olympics and then at all subsequent Games In contrast the individual pursuit for amateur and professional men first appeared at the UCI world championships after World War II and for women from 1958 Not surprisingly given the time trialling pedigree of British riders Norman Sheil Beryl Burton and Hugh Porter all won several world pursuit titles in the period from the 1950s through to the 1970s Overall therefore while unpaced events on both road and track have exhibited a resilience not matched by paced events their variety and not infrequent fundamental changes at elite levels of the sport make it difficult to anticipate their future directions The handicap race on road and track Two of the most historic Australian cycling events which have long enjoyed the highest esteem in cycle sport in that country were both handicap races on the track the Austral Wheel Race held annually in Melbourne ever since 1887 on the road the Melbourne to Warrnambool classic over some 165 miles and held annually since 1895 Neither was run during the two world wars Both the riders who participated in these events but did not necessarily win and many of the actual winners themselves represent literally an historical who s who of Australia s track and road cycling elite They include Sir Hubert Opperman Russell Mockridge Sid Patterson and Danny Clark Clearly these are handicap races which have been held in the highest regard since their earliest days Substantial prizes in either kind or cash were on offer Many of the winners have been middle markers who enjoyed advantages over the scratch men In the road event the rider who set the fastest time over the course was awarded a special prize Sid Patterson Australian multiple world track champion and twice winner of the Austral off scratch The first Austral Wheel Race was staged over a distance of two miles at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground It was subsequently held at various other venues in Melbourne Riders handicaps were established through the holding of a series of qualifying heats The legendary Australian cyclist Hubert Oppy Opperman finished second in the final of the 1925 event In 1954 the race was won by the Englishman Alan Geddes riding off a handicap mark of 130 yards Among the rare scratch riders to win the event were Sid Patterson in 1962 and 1964 and Danny Clark in 1977 and 1986 The classic Warrnambool handicap road race had small bunches of riders starting at intervals with the scratch group being the last to depart On numerous occasions it was run in reverse finishing in Melbourne Russell Mockridge set the fastest time for the race in both 1956 and 1957 but was not first to cross the finish line In 1980 the great British cyclist Beryl Burton finished the event to become the first woman to do so In the mid 1990s both races finally abandoned the handicap system and the distances were measured in metres and kilometres rather than in the original imperial yards and miles It was the end of an era George Estman and 1948 US Olympic cyclist Jackie Heid Heid undertook a successful SA track racing tour in 1950 South Africa was another British Commonwealth country in which handicap racing on track and road was popular in the periods on either side of WWII George Estman of the Troyeville CC in Johannesburg was a giant of a man who became a skilled exponent of handicap racing on road and track at this time A real allrounder he participated in the 1948 London Olympic road race and won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 1952 Helsinki Games when the South African squad finished second to the Italian team Estman had initially entered competitive cycling as a teenager in the 1930s He first made a name for himself in the sport in 1939 when as a sixteen year old he won the prestigious Dunlop 100 Trophy handicap road race off a middle marker s handicap The Dunlop 100 was first staged in 1913 by Johannesburg s elite Rand Roads CC which had the mining magnate Sir Abe Bailey as its founding president After WWI the race became an established annual classic Held over a 62 mile 100 km course from Johannesburg to the Transvaal town of Heidelberg the winner was awarded the valuable Dunlop silver floating trophy Today it is an exhibit in the Johannesburg Transport Museum Estman was in the forefront of the revival of South African cycle sport after WWII In 1946 he again entered the prestigious Dunlop 100 handicap but this time was placed in the scratch group The race was won on this occasion by middle marker Andrew Fouche who started off a handicap mark of 25 minutes Nevertheless Estman set a new record fastest time of 2 43 33 36 kph for the event which was nearly 30 minutes faster than his winning time in 1939 Earlier that same year he had won the demandingly hilly 104 mile Ladysmith to Pietermaritzburg road race handicap This event had attracted the country s leading riders to contest the valuable Speedwell CC trophy The field of 35 riders was split into A B C and D groups and Estman was one of the four scratchmen These four overhauled all of the other groups and Estman won the finishing sprint in Pietermaritzburg to win in 5 22 40 31 kph This beat the previous race record time by 38 minutes In a remarkably varied cycling career extending into the early 1950s he also won the national 100 mile unpaced road individual time trial title and both the national match sprint and 1 000 metre TT titles on the track Enthusiasm in cycling circles for handicap racing began to wane during the 1950s with these events being increasingly eclipsed in terms of prestige on the road by massed start races and by bunch races on the track As to why this should have occurred when it did invites speculation was it due to the novelty of the other events or the absence of national and international honours for handicap events Whatever the reasons the abandonment by the two great Australian classics the Austral and the Warrnambool of their traditional handicap format in the 1990s would seem to signal the final demise of the handicap race as a prestige event If handicaps survive anywhere today it is on the margins of the sport in local track meetings and in the uniquely British tradition of summer grass track racing Track and road racing on tandems As with other the other forms of cycle sport which have already been considered tandem racing on track and road has a long history At Olympic level the track tandem match sprint event over 2 000 metres became firmly established from the 1920 Antwerp Olympics onwards At the Antwerp Games the tandem sprint gold medal was won by the British pairing of Harry Ryan and Thomas Lance This event was to feature in all 11 subsequent Olympic Games over a period of some 50 years ending at the 1972 Munich Olympics Tandem bicycles and even tandem tricycles figured particularly in the British road time trialling tradition as well as in Road Records Association RRA place to place timed records These included the epic 870 mile End to End Land s End John o

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  • Gillot Fleur de Lys cycle
    wheels having cut down large flange to small flange double fixed Chater Lea hubs with unknown 27 alloy HP rims 32 40 with 15 17 DB spokes Chainset Chater Lea two arm chainset with single 48T x 1 8 chainring On original Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket Pedals Lyotard Marcel Berthet 23 MB23 with Christoph toeclips and straps Gears Single speed fixed Brakes GB Coureur front only Stem Bars Holdsworth special steel lugged stem 1951 Cyclone de Luxe numbered 9072 This would be the number of a matching frame Un numbered stems were stock items with alloy Maes bars Black tape Saddle Brooks B17 oval badge on 27 2 alloy post Extra details This frame was owned from new by a good friend of mine who recently passed away He purchsed it with a payment from the army when he returned home from military service in Korea Whilst overseas the army kept most of the wages due and paid a small weekly allowance On return to Blighty in 1957 Ken Hogg had a fair lump sum due to him and he bought two Gillotts this one for himself and another with Nervex Professional lugs for his wife The frames were custom built to their specifications Ken was delighted when they were told that they were to return home to the UK from Korea However the hardship was not complete because whilst sailing home through the Med in the troopship Windrush Ken ended up swimming for hours before being rescued when the engines exploded and the ship sank In December 2014 while I was restoring this machine a memorial was opened to those who died in The Forgotten War sadly Ken missed this as it really was a forgotten war here in the UK and the troops fought for years in appalling

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  • Baguley cycle builder
    earlier than Jack s shop They always referred to him as Jack Bagley probably the only ones to do so My wife and her sister remember the smell of leather from the many boxes of cycling shoes mixed with that of rubber from the tyres behind the counter where Jack was often building or truing wheels These premises and the surrounding streets were built in the mid 19th century and Jack s shop had old wooden shutters up at the windows held in place by a locked metal bar s I believe these were never opened as there were probably no glass windows behind them so that the only natural light came from the open shop door For many years the local council had had their eye on this area for demolition and redevelopment and the axe finally came down in 1973 the year that Jack died Some regulars to Jack s shop are surprised that he had bike frames made under his own name I had seen two in 25 years both very similar with Nervex Pro lugs One was too small for me and one restored without head seat decals However another such frame in original condition came to light about three years ago unbeknown to me rescued it seems from a skip in the West Country The owner very kindly let me purchase it from him recently I think it was made in the early 1960s and has now been built up to reflect this The down tube logo bands and initials of the original owner s cycle club HHCC are the work of a sign writer see images below I guess the initials refer to the Harold Hill Cycle Club The down tube logo bands and initials of the original owner s cycle club HHCC are

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  • Edith Palmer track cyclist Herne Hill
    her racing photos were lost in the bombing of WWII even the newspaper ones At the bottom of the page is a photograph of some of her prizes My father Henry Gleeson raced too only he wasn t as successful Both were both amateurs although my mother did turn professional for a short while but quit when she was asked to lose a race It didn t sit well with

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