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The cycle historian died peacefully in hospital yesterday. He had been suffering from lung cancer. He died surrounded by family.

UPDATED: John Pinkerton passes away

"He will be sadly missed," said Tony Hadland, editor of one of John Pinkerton’s best-selling books, ‘Bicycle Design’ by Mike Burrows.

The Pinkerton Press has been publishing cycle history books since the early 1970s and John Pinkerton had one of the finest collection of cycle manufacturers’ catalogues starting from 1878.

And it wasn’t just the printed word he was interested in. He also had a fine collection of historic bikes: from a Hobby Horse (c 1828) to a Mike Burrows monocoque racing bike(1985).

Being a noted authority on antique bikes meant he was in demand for his restoration and research services. He also stocked an eclectic collection of spares and replacement parts for everything from Ordinary solid tyres through to cables for long-gone bike marques.

John Pinkerton was also a public speaker and will be long remembered for a witty and entertaining after-dinner speech he gave at an ACT AGM five years ago.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral will be at St Mary’s, Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham at 12.45pm on Monday 11th February, followed by cremation at 1.30pm. Thereafter there will be a reception at a nearby social club. All are welcome.

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