Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

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mercalia
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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby mercalia » 2 Apr 2019, 3:39pm

RubaDub wrote:Thanks for the links. I knew the first one but not the second.

Lots of blogs around but was really looking for a forum.



come back in 10-20 years or so? :wink:


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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby David9694 » 13 Apr 2019, 2:49pm

I’ve a got a re-print of 1953 book “Teach Yourself Cycling”. In his world, there are the bulk of riders with rod pull utility bikes with balloon tyres. He is on about the reader becoming a “cyclist” as he sees it, with a lightweight frame, drop handlebars and rat trap pedals and doing ankling. I bought it in my local Bookworks shop because having seen the British Transport
Films CTC train excursion to Rugby where you don’t get a really good look at the bikes, I’m interested in the state of the component tech in popular cycling and how much we have now is, or isn’t, new under the sun. I’m part-way through.

So far, he’s referenced triple chainrings and canti brakes (looking just like today’s) but centre and side pulls don’t seem to be in evidence so far; it’s 5 speed at the back, of course. He’s quite into his geometry and the differences this makes - b/b height, wheelbase. He’s got his aluminium wheel rims and stainless 15 gauge butted spokes and is busily soldering the crossings.

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby Brucey » 13 Apr 2019, 4:34pm

stainless spokes existed in 1953 but they were the exception; the most common racing spokes were 15g rustless (which is not the same as stainless). Rustless are easier to tie and solder.

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby pga » 17 Apr 2019, 6:28pm

Recommend you join the Veteran-Cycle Club. Full details online. Their two publications are highly recommended. News and Views newsletter covers current events while The Boneshaker journal covers the history of the cycle and cycling. These are outstanding publications.

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby RubaDub » 17 Apr 2019, 9:31pm

pga wrote:Recommend you join the Veteran-Cycle Club. Full details online. Their two publications are highly recommended. News and Views newsletter covers current events while The Boneshaker journal covers the history of the cycle and cycling. These are outstanding publications.


For an overseas (Europe) membership of €45 I would be essentially paying €15 per copy for The Boneshaker. It would need to be outstanding.

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby dsmithave » 18 Apr 2019, 12:30am

It is.

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby Audax67 » 18 Apr 2019, 11:08am

reohn2 wrote:What did you wish to dicuss?


Any relation of Biggus? ;)
Have we got time for another cuppa?

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Re: Why there's so little discussion of cycling history?

Postby reohn2 » 18 Apr 2019, 11:38am

Audax67 wrote:
reohn2 wrote:What did you wish to dicuss?


Any relation of Biggus? ;)

More than likely :wink:
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