Every now and then a cycle manufacturer introduced an innovation on their cycles that served no essential purpose other than aesthetic pleasure. As the years progressed, most companies found it necessary to consider the financial implications of unnecessary improvements. But the Triumph Cycle Co had always followed their own lead in cycle production, and the company was Great Britain’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. I can imagine a member of their design team observing the amazing new features that had started appearing on American bicycles by the mid-thirties, and proposing to the Triumph managers that the Triumph range might incorporate new design features themselves. Perhaps, after some discussion, a compromise may have been reached, with the company settling on new brakes and a totally over-the-top chrome fork crown that was unlike any other I’ve seen on any bicycle…?
If customisers had been active in Great Britain as they were in the USA, a 1937 Triumph fork crown would have been the fork crown of choice.
Unfortunately, while other companies’ copy-writers might have used the innovation to applaud the new and inspirational concepts introduced by their design team, the best that Triumph’s conservative writers could muster in 1937 was to describe it as a ‘Patent Fork Crown’ and add:
…The design of the fork crown is particularly attractive, its construction is very robust…
1937 Triumph Lady’s Club Tourist
Sturmey Archer ‘Model K7’ Three-Speed Gears
Staggered Down Tubes
Frame No 340104
1937 TRIUMPH CATALOGUE
TRIUMPH RESILIENT FRONT FORKS & PATENT FORK CROWN
TRIUMPH WHITMILL COMPENSATED BRAKES