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This is just an aside regarding bikes, ie useless information. Many years ago when my late son attended Aspley Wood School, on Robins Wood road, I was a school governor and one of the ladies I got know was the granddaughter of Mr. Archer of Sturmey Archer gears, (Raleigh bikes). He invented the three speed gearbox. He was offered a lump sum for the patent or 1/2d for each one produced. He took the lump sum, but his granddaughter said if he had taken the halfpenny offer it would have made him a multi millionaire. Of course in those days a lump sum would be seen as most profitable. B.

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A friend of mine designed and built an improved version of the SA hub gear when he worked for Raleigh/SA,when he presented it to SA he was told they weren't going to re-tool to make the improved version so it went no further,Shimano the Japanese gear and cycle components people took some of Alans idea,re-tooled and now produce the very successful Nexus hub gear,funny old world innit?

 

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Received this from a vintage bike enthusiast this morning:

 

"The trike is a Humber No. 7 of about 1888 price was £28." He also posted a photo of the works thus:

 

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The people in the original photo were the grandfather of a friend's wife, Frederick Tissington, and his half sister Elizabeth Tissington

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Great picture Compo, the early years of the new passtime of cycling must have been very interesting,a lot of the new innovations were directed towards the ladies with them unable to ride the ordinary cycle because of the constraints of long skirts so cycle manufacturers came up with the idea of tandem ordinary's where the woman/lady sat at the front of the cycle unhindered by cross bars etc, eventually the Safety cycle was "invented" with it's step through frame (lady specific) enclosed chain drives and strings covering half the rear wheel that allowed the wearing of long skirts,at last women gained the freedom they deserved and quite right too

 

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One for the ladies Compo,Starleys Royal Salvo

 

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Our new village hall is now finished and ready for bookings, I took this first picture last year before demolition of the old one took place

 

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And this one on this mornings ride of the new hall, hope it gets plenty of use

 

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Rog

 

 

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Rog..just wondering...on average..what would be a days mileage if going on a tour?..taking into account age/ breaks and weather etc..

Ian.

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Nice steady riding with a few stops for drinks/food/toilet you should cover 60/70 miles easily, I usually do around 50 miles for a four and half to five hour ride out, thats only about ten miles an hour,easliy achieved,

 

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Nice pix of the village hall Rog.  Did they let you inside ?

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Great thread this :cool: Pity I can't see compo's pics? In the 50's I rode grass track events using 'canes' and a 1" pitch block chain. 'Canes' was the term used for wooden rimmed sprint wheels which actually used maple wood rather than bamboo. The special tubular tyres were stuck on to the wooden rims using bone glue from the hot pot as in woodwork. I was just a kid with no money and the wheels, chain and chain set were given to me by Lloyd Binch the then current British sprint champion. He never became World champ, but came close. Raleigh 'lent' him his bikes. Pure amateur days back then.

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Apparently there are still two Italian companies making Maple rims.

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

Great thread this :cool: Pity I can't see compo's pics? 

 

Me too. It's that Compo problem which has happened before.

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My photos have once again disappeared?! I simply don't understand why this is happening.

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I saw them when posted and they are still visible at the moment.

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