simonineaston wrote:Fixie fans will pour scorn on the rest of us mere mortals' need to change gears, but yes - let's let Mr Sturmey & Mr Archer have their fifteen minutes! Oh and Mr Bowden, too.Didn't gears that you can change without dismounting come after those?
Don't forget Mr Reilly (as many do). Without him there would have been no SA gear. In fact it seems that Archer's involvement was mainly to act as a patent proxy for Reilly, who signed away his rights to future gear designs he might make when he severed links with the manufacturers of 'the Hub' (Reilly's 1898 2-speed gear). Had Reilly's name appeared on the three speed patent instead of Archer, Reilly's former employers would have assumed ownership of it.