Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 9 Aug 2019, 11:43am

Hi,
Mike Sales wrote:
Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.

War effort I believe.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby JakobW » 9 Aug 2019, 11:51am

Mike Sales wrote:
Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.


Firearms were the first products to be mass produced with interchangable parts, mainly because armies and governments were the only people willing to pay for the privilege of developing the manufacturing techniques required. Once this had been sorted, they spread into industry more widely. Sewing machine manufacturers were a perhaps surprising destination for a lot of this expertise; they were the hot new product of the day, and could sell as many as the manufacturers could crank out. When the bicycle boom started a lot of them moved into the mass manufacture of bicycles and cycle parts - famously James Starley started out at the Coventry Sewing Machine co.

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 11:54am

JakobW wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:
Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.


Firearms were the first products to be mass produced with interchangable parts, mainly because armies and governments were the only people willing to pay for the privilege of developing the manufacturing techniques required. Once this had been sorted, it spread into industry more widely. Sewing machine manufacturers were a perhaps surprising destination for a lot of this expertise; they were the hot new product of the day, and could sell as many as the manufacturers could crank out. When the bicycle boom started a lot of them moved into the mass manufacture of bicycles and cycle parts.


I understand a bicycle and a sewing machine were the desirable possessions rather more recently in developing countries. The reason is obvious.

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby freiston » 9 Aug 2019, 12:04pm

My other half is a big fan of Alphonse Mucha and I noticed a couple of adverts in this thread of being very much "in the style of". Here's a copy of his "Cycles Perfecta" poster:

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby freiston » 9 Aug 2019, 12:07pm

Another Mucha - Waverly Cycles:

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby bagpussctc » 9 Aug 2019, 12:37pm

Circa 1900 .Hepworth Road Racer.


ImageHepworth RR circa 1900 by rebalrid, on Flickr

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby pete75 » 9 Aug 2019, 12:58pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.


Yes - Raleigh were the major manufacturer of shell fuses in WW2.

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 9 Aug 2019, 1:34pm

Hi,
"trains that changed the world "
TV yesterday channel.
This series explains about how railways enabled Small village businesses to sell to the rest of the country and the world.
Goes from the early days of steam right through to superfast railways today.
As much about the history of trains What is the technology and of course the movement of people.
Well worth watching very informative.
Maybe a lot not a lot to do about bikes but I did see bicycles in narrow wooden framework Individual crates, nowadays is cardboard.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 2:21pm

Smerk tabs, drink beer, eat biscuits, come gamble, all Alphonse Mucha-style. Tempting, ain't it?

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby JakobW » 9 Aug 2019, 3:39pm

I'm reminded of the long-running 'does what it says on the tin' ad campaign for a central Newcastle pub:

'Drink beer and smoke tabs
doon The Strawberry'

(Presumably these days it just says 'Drink beer'...)

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Mick F » 9 Aug 2019, 4:42pm

Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:
I'm well aware of what BSA stands for and that Raleigh made shell parts, but it was the advert than made me laugh. Made LIKE a gun?

There is nothing similar between a gun and a bicycle.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 4:46pm

Mick F wrote:I'm well aware of what BSA stands for and that Raleigh made shell parts, but it was the advert than made me laugh. Made LIKE a gun?

There is nothing similar between a gun and a bicycle.


How about tubes/ barrels and SA triggers?

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby freiston » 9 Aug 2019, 5:27pm

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 8:27pm

me too; with it, it might have been worse though.... :wink:

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 8:56pm

yes, believe your eyes, it's a bike with a steering wheel…. :shock: When you are ten years old a bike that does wheelies and has lots of gadgets and accessories on it seems like the best idea in the world. I distinctly recall (briefly) hankering after some tassels to fit to my Raleigh Chopper death trap.... I suppose a steering wheel isn't going to poke a hole in your guts in quite the same way as a handlebar end, but that still leaves the, er, gearstick thingy....

These days I'm such a sad old git I'm not so sure I wouldn't have more fun on the mower....

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the lunacy extends to the brakes; there is a coaster brake but there is also a 'drag brake', i.e. a rim brake that is worked by a the 'gearstick', also working on the rear wheel. What were they thinking?

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