Thursday, November 18, 2021

National Cycle Museum pt2

The second instalment of snaps from the National Cycle Museum at Llandrindod Wells. Not much extra to add from the first instalment except apologies once again for the slightly dodgy smartphone quality snaps and to re-iterate the recommendation to visit both the town of Llandrindod and the Museum. 

The Vittoria Margherita derailleur from around 1935.
The spiel beneath claims it as the first Italian derailleur,
that may or may not be correct. It was introduced in 1932,
some 20 years later than the probable first production
derailleur (the French Chemineau of 1912). To change
gear you need to back pedal, adjust chain tension with one
lever and shift the chain with another). Complicated but
sturdy and it gave a competitive advantage. Seemingly
a different company from the extant Vittoria tyre company,
the derailleur company was deep into Italian fascism: the
company was named after a statue put up by Giovanni Agnelli
(founder of the FIAT motorcar company) on the highest hill
in Turin of the winged goddess of victory in honour of
fascist ideals to build Italy as a militaristic superpower.
Models of derailleurs were named after fascist icons.
There's a great write up on the Disraeli Gears site.

Another transmission demo. This time
for EGG chainrings. Oval chainrings have
come in and out of fashion over the years
in cycling. They have their adherents but in
general are accepted to be no better or worse than
round ones. The designer of the EGG ring
has an interesting site with details on the
rings as well as other rabbit holes.

It was a bit cramped in so hard to take good pictures
of but one of the machines I most coveted was this
1930s FH Grubb with highly unusual twin tube
cross frame design.

More detail on the FH Grubb. Note the
unusual stem.

T'other side of the Freddie Grubb twin tube. A Kirk
Precision cast magnesium framed road bike lurks
behind it.

One final snap of the twin tube Freddie Grubb.

Derny cycle pacer from the early fifties. Derny was
a French brand, their pacers became so ubiquitous
that Derny bcame a catch all word for all pacers.
A pacer such as this would have been used for road
racing as well as velodromes. Derny also made a regular
non-pacing version of this machine as well as tandem

Sun Manxman, probably from the late thirties. The
Manxman was noted for having small strut tubes
for stiffening behind the bottom bracket.

Saxon twin tube stands watch.

1930s RAC patrolman's cycle.

c1938 Baines Whirlwind 'Flying Gate'.

BSA 'Eyres' c 1937. Fully nickel plated and used in
a TV series called 'Champion' apparently.

That's a 1930s Moorson twin tube lurking back there.

A bit of a jumble this image but in the foreground
is a 1930s Triumph 'Moller'. Precursor to modern
recumbants and fitted with a steering wheel.

Lovely FH Grubb (Freddie Grubb) tourer. Note
the 'Resilient' sprung forks made by Grubb which
were available from 1928 to 1930.

Grubb made their own centre pull brakes
too. Here is an example.

Close up on the Grubb Resilient forks.

Fifties cycle shop mock up.

Dursley Pedersen.

Wonderful Raleigh 3d advertising art.

c1898 bamboo cycle made by the Bamboo
Cycle Co of the USA.

Full view of the Bamboo Cycle.

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