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

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

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 10:09pm

this is dated dec 1918 and must have gone to press mere days before the end of WW1 was announced. I don't remember seeing an advertisement for something where they show you happy folk with the product and in the same breath tell you that you probably can't have one.....

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

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 10:18pm

practically lost for words on this one...

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except that they appear to be, uh, 'riding' Monark Silver King 'Flo-Cycle' bicycles. Produced before WWII they had rear suspension (of a kind) and aluminium frames. Its not clear to me if the springing is mostly in the thing immediately behind the BB or if it is shared with the seatstays. Either way this arrangement looks perfectly horrible; this floating thing probably deserved to be flushed down the toilet of history without a trace.

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

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 11:30pm

you've got to make a screen-printable poster using just a few colours, for the 1965 cyclo-cross championships; could you do any better than this? I certainly couldn't.

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

Postby Mike_Ayling » 9 Aug 2019, 11:51pm

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


BSA = Birmingham Small Arms.

Come to think of it Bell Helmets are alleged to be part of a group in the arms industry in America.

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

Postby peetee » 10 Aug 2019, 12:27am

Brucey wrote:you've got to make a screen-printable poster using just a few colours, for the 1965 cyclo-cross championships; could you do any better than this? I certainly couldn't.



That is quite superb. Composition, colour, movement, simplicity, it's all there.
I must find a full size print.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 10 Aug 2019, 11:17am

I think it is spot-on too; either full sized in a very large room or (say) A2 or A3 sized in a smaller room.

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

Postby geomannie » 10 Aug 2019, 2:08pm

peetee wrote:
Brucey wrote:you've got to make a screen-printable poster using just a few colours, for the 1965 cyclo-cross championships; could you do any better than this? I certainly couldn't.



That is quite superb. Composition, colour, movement, simplicity, it's all there.
I must find a full size print.


It is indeed amazing and great. Seems to be available here https://www.redbubble.com/people/poster ... =shop_grid
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby peetee » 10 Aug 2019, 2:11pm

Excellent!
Thank you so much for that link. :D
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby bagpussctc » 10 Aug 2019, 2:35pm

A favourite of mine.
ImageCycle poster 1 by rebalrid, on Flickr

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

Postby Brucey » 10 Aug 2019, 3:08pm

I'd never heard of SICCEA or the 'multiplicateur' gearing before I saw this poster (circa 1920 ?) and TBH I am little more the wiser now. It looks like it might be an expanding chainwheel or planetary gear device or something, mounted on the chainstay so that a standard crankset can be used; this might allow an industrial gearing unit to be used. It make sense that they would try something like this, in a country that (then and now) seems to be 100% allergic to hub gears...

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

Postby reohn2 » 10 Aug 2019, 3:12pm

Brucey wrote:you've got to make a screen-printable poster using just a few colours, for the 1965 cyclo-cross championships; could you do any better than this? I certainly couldn't.

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It's superb! :)
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby peterb » 10 Aug 2019, 4:36pm

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


BSA = Birmingham Small Arms.

Come to think of it Bell Helmets are alleged to be part of a group in the arms industry in America.

Mike

Growing up in Birmingham, in the 50's, not far from the factory, we always believed BSA stood for 'bl%%dy sore @rse'

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

Postby bagpussctc » 10 Aug 2019, 5:32pm

Brucey wrote:I'd never heard of SICCEA or the 'multiplicateur' gearing before I saw this poster (circa 1920 ?) and TBH I am little more the wiser now. It looks like it might be an expanding chainwheel or planetary gear device or something, mounted on the chainstay so that a standard crankset can be used; this might allow an industrial gearing unit to be used. It make sense that they would try something like this, in a country that (then and now) seems to be 100% allergic to hub gears...

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Love this one.

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

Postby bagpussctc » 10 Aug 2019, 5:32pm

Chain anyone.
Image2007_1109OLDC0008 by rebalrid, on Flickr

Sorry about the reflection and glare on this one.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Spinners » 10 Aug 2019, 5:39pm

bagpussctc wrote:Chain anyone.


Could you send me the link?
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