Hickling & Co. Penny Farthing c.1885

A narrow rim racing penny. This bike is likely have been made specifically for racing as the introduction of the safety bicycle half a decade earlier rendered penny farthings obsolete for transport and other forms of recreational riding. The narrow rim is of a type that was used for racing pennys. It's racing heritage is also evidenced by the bolt on (as opposed to brazed on) mounting step.
The seat bracket is engraved Hickling & Co, The Pilot Racer,  Maidenhead. The wheel is a “hollow rim” design identified with a small brass plate on the bike rim; Warwicks Patent Hollow Rim No 4957 SEPT 1882.
The Pilot Co. was founded in 1868 by H. J. Timberlake, trading as Timberlake and Co. He introduced a solid rubber tyre secured to the metal rim by a wire running through the centre of the tyre. He also invented the front wheel roller brake, operated by rack and pinion from a twisting handlebar. Later the business was acquired by Hickling and Co, and given by them as security to the rubber manufacturers who made tyres for them. In 1886 the goodwill was purchased by C. J. Reynolds, who carried on the business till 1900, when he closed down.

Raleigh Town Bike c. 1902

Malvern Star 2 Star 1933

Rear brake: Philco
Saddle: Brooks
Wheels:
Drivetrain:
Frame number: 28036

Michaux Velocipede 1860's

Whether Pierre Michaux or his son Ernest, or a workman in their employ named Lallement, was the first to think of fitting cranks and pedals to the front wheel of the hobby-horse has never been definitively established. This we do know however, that the cycling era dates from the Michaux-made pedal-driven Velocipede of 1865.

At the Paris Exhibition of 1867 Michaux Velocipedes were shown and examples were purchased by Rowley B. Turner who persuaded his firm, the Coventry Sewing Machine Co., to make these "Boneshakers" for the French market.

This example formed a part of the Holmes a Court Collection for many years and has recently been brought back to rideable condition by its current owner, who, despite its weight and steel "tyres" insists that it is fact reasonably comfortable over short distances.

Colnago Oval CX c. 1982

The Colnago Oval CX was a limited production bike between 1981-1983 and predates the development and use of aerodynamic features by the US cycling team in the 1984 Olympics. Columbus ovalised tubing was used for its aerodynamic qualities along with internally routed brake and shift cables through the frame. The ovalised tubing also addressed criticisms regarding frame stiffness that had been levelled at Colnago and was the first of a series of production bikes that featured crimped tubing.

Drivetrain and brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3TTT Pantographed "Ernesto Colnago"
Handlebars: Cinelli Giro d'Italia
Seat: Selle Italia Turbo
Seatpost: 20mm pantographed with cloverleaf
Hubs: Campagnolo

Swansea 5 Swan 1959

This Swansea 5 Swan road bike was owned and raced by Stewart Bonser. It features road dropouts and derailleur gears, unusual on a Swansea. In common with many Australian bikes that have been ridden over a long period it has been periodically updated and sports a mix of componentry from the fifties to the eighties.

Crankset BSA fluted

Bars Cinelli

Headstem Weinmann

Brakes Weinmann Vainquer 999 Centrepull with Weinmann levers

Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Front Derailleur Campagnolo

Hubs Campagolo

Rims Mavic singles

Pedals

Turner c. 1905

This Turner was bought at a bicycle swap meet some year's ago and has been dated to between 1900 and 1910 by it's current owner. The addition of a non-period Philco rear brake adds to practical ride-ability. The original saddle has been recovered. The one piece handlebar and stem is typical of many of the period with no forward reach.

Hubs British Hub Co

Pinarello Super Record 1984-86

Stem Cinelli 1A (105cm)

Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow

Handlebar Cinelli Campione del Mondo 66-40 (42cm)

Headset Campagnolo Super Record

 Seatpost Campagnolo Super Record 27.2

Bottom Braket Campagnolo Super Record ITA 36 x 24

Brakes Campagnolo Super Record

Crankset Campagnolo Super Record 170, 53/42

Brake Levers Campagnolo Super Record (drilled)

Hubs Campagnolo Record, low flange

Front Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record, braze on

Rims Mavic SSC Paris-Roubaix

Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record

Freewheel Regina CX/CX-S, 7 speed, 14-24

Shift Levers Campagnolo Super Record

Pedals Shimano 105

Rossignoli c. 1948

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rossignoli have been building bikes in Milan since 1900. It is likely that this 8 speed racer dates from the late forties; its rare Simplex Tour de France 'gate changer' front derailleur was manufactured from 1947-49. The bike also features Campagnolo's Cambio Corsa rear shifter mechanism which is operated by two levers mounted on the rear stays.  One lever operates the derailleur while the other loosens the wheel in the dropouts to allow for chain re-tensioning. 

Judged best Vintage Bike at the 2014 Giro d'Perth

Stem Cinelli steel oval logo

Saddle Selle Export

Handlebar Cinelli steel model 14

Headset Magistroni with headclip

Seatpost steel

Bottom Bracket Magistroni

Brakes San Giorgio

Crankset Magistroni double chainwheels

Brake Levers San Giorgio

Hubs Campagnolo with open C quick release levers

Front Derailleur Simplex TdF gate changer

Rims Ambrosio alloy clinchers 700C

 

 

 Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Cambio Corsa

Freewheel Regina 4 cog

Pedals Sheffield steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Mail Penny Farthing

"Pennies" first appeared in 1869, superseding bone shakers. Both styles of bicycle had pedals and cranks directly coupled to the driven wheel, however the invention of the tension spoked wheel made possible the larger wheel diameters, and higher effective gearing, of the penny farthing.

Pennies ruled the roost for only a decade and a half, supplanted by the "safety" bicycle of 1885 and the pneumatic tyre of 1889.

This penny was built by the Royal Machine Manufacturing Co. of Birmingham, England. Royal began life as The Royal Sewing Machine Co, changing it's name in 1882. The company ceased trading in 1888.

M.H. Jones Tandem Trike

Built by local builder Milton Jones this trike was used to take blind riders on excursions. 

Cobra Thuderbolt 1969

A typical dragster of the period, this Cobra Thunderbolt Hi Riser has been dated using the Sturmey Archer hub. The SA 5 speed geared hub is operated by a twin shift lever.

Swansea 4 Swan 1945

Rotrax Vel d'Hiv 1956

Rotrax Vel d'Hiv

Frame 22½"  -  Frame No. 56436
 -  Nervex lugs - Ekla crowned forks - track rear ends

Wheels Harden large flange hub front, modern Ventura coaster brake laced to modern H+Son TB14 rims 32/36

Chainset Stronglight 49d 48t chainring

Pedals Lyotard 460

Gears single speed

Stem/Bars GB alloy Spearpoint stem Renolds Marsh pattern bars

Headset Gnutti

Saddle Brooks B17

Rotrax Cycles of Southampton was founded in 1945, pipping Mercian Cycles at the post for the title of the oldest framebuilder in the UK still in business.

Rotrax is one of the slightly less well known framebuilders in the UK but the quality of many of their frames in the early 1950s was as good as the very best available anywhere. The attention to detail on their top models was exquisite.

This classic English lightweight sports beautifully ornate hand-filed frame lugs, as was the style of the period. The restoration includes a modern coaster brake rear hub, seatpost and rims. 

The model name Vel D’Hiv was cycling slang for the Parisian Vélodrome d’Hiver or Winter Velodrome.

​Delivery Bike - Maker & year unknown

Delivery Bike - Maker and year unknown

Frame

Wheels Rear; Renak coaster brake hub laced to Westwood rim. Front: Sturmey Archer drum brake.

Chainset Williams

Gears single speed

Saddle Bell

Special Features fork mounted spoke actuated bell with bar mounted adjuster, period head and tail lamps.

Aussie Roadster c. 1950

Aussie Roadster

Frame Frame No. 21563 -  

Wheels 26 x 1 3/8;

Cranksset Utility, a Williams clone

Pedals Lyotard Model 15S

Gears BSA three speed internal geared hub

Brakes Philco rear 

Stem/Bars 

Headset 

Saddle modern

Extras Bell

Columbia Ladies 2 Track Trike c. 1885

Columbia Manufacturing Inc., the maker of this tricycle, is still in operation in Massachusetts. From their website; "Columbia has been credited with many firsts in the biking industry, since its founding in 1877 by Col. Albert Pope. It pioneered many improvements to the industry, producing bikes, motorbikes, and furniture for nearly 150 years."

Little is known about this model except that it dates from the mid 1880's.

Armstrong Path Racer c.1904

Armstrong Path Racer

Frame "  -  Frame No. 

Wheels Westwood rims. New Eadie coaster brake rear hub

Chainset Armstrong t chainring

Pedals Lyotard 

Gears single speed

Stem/Bars Nickel plated bars with John Bull handgrips

Headset 

Saddle Brooks

Probably built by Armstrong Cycles Ltd of Birmingham, with some parts manufactured by other notable Birmingham firms, BSA, Brampton and Tube Investments. 

This bicycle was built as a Path Racer, the ancestor of modern road racing bikes. Path Racers were a hybrid design that allowed racing on both paths (tracks) and roads, many of which were unpaved - the wide tyres allowed for all road surface conditions. A ‘New Eadie’ coaster brake is fitted to the rear wheel for road use. 

While preservation is preferred to restoration, the original condition of this bike was poor enough to warrant some restoration of the metal finishes and replacement of original tyres.