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Bike retail veteran funds derailleur history project with sales of t-shirts and mugs

Edinburgh Bicycle co-founder Mike Sweatman has a website listing 485 historically-significant derailleurs, and is aiming to expand it to 1,000 listings funded through the sale of merchandise. DisraeliGears.co.uk now has an online shop selling t-shirts and bone-china mugs.  The three t-shirt designs feature hi-res images of a Paul Powerglide from …

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Revival of cycling is in the national interest

Read these words and weep – they could have been said yesterday, but they were, in fact, uttered sixty years ago. It’s a transcript from a speech made in parliament in November 1958 by Vice-Admiral John Hughes Hallett, the Tory MP for Croydon East. I have condensed it for clarity… …

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National Cycle Museum calls for industry support

Freda Davies, curator of the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, is looking for cycle companies to nominate the charity for future fundraising efforts. The museum has displays of over 250 cycles from many eras, from the 1870s to almost today. It is staffed by volunteers and operates on …

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Dandy horse riders gather at Britain’s first bike shop

Tourists gawped on Saturday as ten riders on their early 19th Century "pedestrian curricles" paraded through London. The ride started at 76 Long Acre, the site of Britain’s first bike shop, which is now back selling-high end bicycles. Brompton laid on refreshments for the dandy horse re-enactors, some of whom …

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Laser scientist who proved that Leonardo da Vinci didn’t invent the bicycle turns 80

Cycle historian Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing has celebrated his 80th birthday. The German laser scientist has written many books on cycle history – including a definitive one published by MIT Press of America – but perhaps his greatest achievement is the comprehensive 1997 debunking of the myth that Leonardo da Vinci …

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London Cycling Campaign teams with International Cycling History Conference for celebration of the bicycle

As reported at the weekend the historic City of London Corporation is to host the annual International Cycle History Conference in the Guildhall in June.  London Cycling Campaign has now revealed it will stage its awards evening during the event. There will also be a tie-up with Bike Week, making …

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Britain’s first cycle was sold in 1819 from shop now owned by Brompton

Brompton’s flagship store at 76 Long Acre in London is currently taking orders for the manufacturer’s Electric model, due out early in 2018. On the same site, two-hundred-years earlier, coach-builder Denis Johnson made and sold Britain’s first bicycle, a wooden "hobby horse". There’s a history plaque on the exterior of …

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