OLD & NEW TECHNOLOGY: I appreciate that many visitors to these pages are my age or older and I particularly welcome you if you’re still struggling with the finer points of cursor control, balancing reading glasses on nose, taking computer lessons from grandchildren, etc. If you have the patience to soak nuts and find the ball bearings that have rolled away while you’re restoring a vintage bike, this is easy by comparison. I meet some older folks who tell me with some sort of misguided ‘pride’ that they don’t ‘do’ computers. I remind them that in the 1890s many folks described the new-fangled bicycles as ‘the devil’s own transport’ and stuck to their horses. They missed out on the most incredible engineering revolution in human history. Discover within these pages the wonderful little innovations created in people’s garden sheds in the 1890s and 1900s to help the bicycle evolve (and pave the way for the ‘motor bicycle’ and automobile that followed).
RALEIGH v APPLE: As I a write this, my young daughter is perched on my lap watching old Tom & Jerry cartoons on the ipad. Twenty-first century computer technology mirrors the innovation of the 1890s. Raleigh introduced a detachable chainwheel and two-speed gears in 1890, ten years ahead of other manufacturers; compare the Raleigh/S-A tricoaster gear of 1902 with the 2001 Apple ipod and itunes. This online museum is not about modern technology, but obviously uses it to illustrate the old. Old and new are not mutually exclusive. Is the iphone the three-speed gear of the 21st century?
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As you probably already know, I restore bicycles and cyclemotors (low-capacity motorcycles and engine-attachments for bicycles) full-time in my workshops. Some are for resale and others for this museum collection. This museum and free public database is totally funded by sales of vintage bicycles. I take photos of most before restoration and update their pages after we have completed them.
Click on any title to open its page:
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1924 INDIAN BOYS BICYCLE v 1918 INDIAN GIRLS BICYCLE
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This year I’ve spent most of my time militarising the fleet ready for WW1 centenary events. You can see various military machines by clicking on the WW1 and Boer War page headings below.
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