Donnerstag, 27. Dezember 2012

Clement No. 2 - ready to ride

Finally i finished working on my 1887 Clement No. 2 (see Almost all parts are origin and could be used without repairing, the seat is a replica, handmade by Jörg (thanks a lot!), the tires are new. I rides very good, mounting is a little bit dificult, frame and front wheel are so tight to one another that you have very little space for for your foot on the step. The front fork is almost 100% vertical.

Freitag, 2. November 2012

Een fantastische weekend

A short trip to Netherlands to pick up some bicycles, spending hours in Velorama and then visiting the Veterama - Europe´s biggest market for veteran vehicles and parts - for sure was one of my best bicycle-related weekends :)

It started with visiting a collector of motorcycles and bicycles who owns a 1899 clipper (ship) that now works as a storage room for his collection. He wanted to sell some bicycles and i couldnt resist, so i bought two nice one-inch-chain bikes, maybe french ones, approximately built around 1898. There was so much too see and explore in the ships hull but less time, Velorama was waiting (the close at 17.00) and friends told me that you can spend days there looking at the bicycles... and so it was.
On three floors you can see hundreds of bicycles - from velocipedes to ordinaries, safety bicycles, tricycles, a lot of different parts and all sorts of extravaganza. Most of the vehicles are restorated, new color, new nickel, which i dont really like, but the bicycles itself are so special and rare that you have to ignore that fact. Because they changed the positions of a lot of bicycles some days before we arrived the nameplates were totally wrong, which was very confusing. But i ignored that fact too.

After Velorama came Veterama. It wasnt that exiting that it was in the years before, because
• the weather was bad with a lots of rain
• the offered bicycles were nice but not really top
• i ve been there before and had seen too much before

Nevertheless i found a very nice Cripper tricycle and although its restaurated i bought it. I like the way it is built, the big rear wheels (40 inch) and the fact that its very orignal (i got a foto documentary of the finding condition too). Hope to ride it soon.

VELORAMA National Bicycle Museum
Waalkade 107
Tel: +31 (0)24-3225851

Opening times
Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

You will find all the pictures of Velorama in my flickr set

Veterama: Hillman, Herbert and Cooper - Premier tricycle, ca. 1884

Veterama: Not a Michaux, sadly i forgot the producers name (written on frame)

Veterama: Lévocyclette Terrot, ca. 1910

Veterama: A nice safety bicycle, american i guess. Pedals were french, handlebar wrong.

Bicycle collection/storage on ship

Bicycle collection/storage on ship

Bicycle collection/storage on ship: Crescent, USA

Bicycle collection/storage on ship

Bicycle collection/storage on ship

Bicycle collection/storage on ship

Donnerstag, 27. September 2012

Radkult Leoben, Styria, 2012

Radkult was a local styrian exibition of veteran and modern bicycles and bicycle-related stuff in Leoben, Styria in 2012. Most of the veteran cycles that were visible came from the archives of Technisches Museum Wien, and usually are not shown in public. So it was a must to go to Leoben to have a look at the wonderful bicycles!
Although there were less bicycles (about 20 veteran vehicles) shown, the once that were exibited were very interesting and totally rare, like the Marsch & Kretzschmar safety bicycle or the tricycle built by Josef Erlach from Korpitsch bei Villach. An austrian Carl Lenz boneshaker with front suspension were presented too, in a very good condition. Enjoy the pics!

A famous austrian draisinne, formely owened by styrian Archduke Johann

A french ladies tricycle, built ca. 1868

A Hillmann, Herbert & Cooper Permier ordinary bicycle, framenumber 193, built ca 1884, complete nickeled.
Nice label on the backbone "W. Radfahrer am Schottenfeld".

A fake Micheaux & Cie boneshaker (so the exibition label said), ca. 1868.

A Marsch & Kretschmar safety bicycle, once with peumatic tires.
Very interesting construction, look at the brakes. Built ca. 1893. Top condition. Framenumber 504.

The carinthian Josef Erlach-tricycle, built mostly of wood, ca. 1878

A Sparkbrook safety bicycle, Coventry, built ca. 1888.

A Dürkopp Diana bicycle, framenumber 32894, maybe built in Vienna, ca. 1897. Very nice condition.

A 50ties Puch bicycle, ready for wintersports :)

A top condition Benedict Albl Graziosa Chainless bicycle, built in Graz, 1898, framenumber 13864. The more expensive sister of my Graziosa

A Steyr-Daimler-Puch S50, built in 1949. Absolut top condition, as new.

A Dusika racing bicycle, built in Vienna, 1954.
The colour reminds of the famous Bianchi racing bicycles, a little marketing trick :) 
Ferry Dusika
was a famous austrian racer

A beautiful Carl Lenz boneshaker with front suspension, built in Vienna ca. 1870.

Montag, 10. September 2012

Singer Tricycle 1885

One of the key figures in bicycle development in Coventry in the 1880ties was George Singer, born 1847. He was working with Josiah Turner and James Starley at the Coventry Machinists Company, left for Paragon Cycle Co in 1873 (100 years before i was born), because he only was interested in bicycles - and CMC was still into sewing machines too. Paragon was much smaller than CMC, so George Singer soon started his own business - Singer & Co Ltd. - building ordinary bicycles and tricycles. He got very famous and wealthy, 1891 he became Mayor of Coventry for 3 years. In 1909 he died.

This is a 1885 George Singer built tricycle of the Salvo type - small front wheel, two big rear wheels. Its the Apollo type tricycle, front stearing, central geared. Its in a rideable condition, almost all parts are origin, some spokes must be repaired. It has 44 inch back wheels, which was the common size for tricycles of this type. This tricycle too was available with the Singer-patented telescopic rear axle for making the tricycle smaller so it would fit through a door. Mine one doesnt have this special axle.
Its equipped with a differential, a band brake and a cograil steering - every part works very good.

Tricycles were much more expensive than ordinary or safety bicycles, this Apollo cost 175 US-dollars (Singers ordinary bicycle "Challenge" cost "only" 105 dollars) - without the telescopic axle, for that you had to pay 15 dollars extra.

Because tricycles were built for older men, doctors and woman, its very easy and safe to ride... but you really get fast on it :) see video below:

As you can see in the US 1885 catalogue there are some parts different to my Singer tricycle, but the Velorama museum in the Netherlands owns the exact same tricycle as mine. Maybe for US export some parts (seat and rear stack) were changed...

Dienstag, 28. August 2012

Attnang Puchheim Ride

Attnang Puchheim in Upper Austria sure will not get my favourite town with its confusing streets and crossings. But the classic bicycle ride, organised by the local veterans vehicle club was great.

We started from our hotel, which too was our meeting point with ca. 20 other bicycles, from 1885 to 1945, ordinary and safety bicycles, racing bicycles and tandems. Our way crossed the two centers of Attang and Puchheim with short stops at the castle and the ponds and a bigger stop at a very nice river. Sadly i forgot my trunks.

For this ride i used my Thomas Smith and Sons hard tire safety for the first time. It worked good although its really hard to ride and i was a little nervous to ride that old bike. But after 3 hours shaking my bones on asphalt, stones, mud and sand i arrived back safe :)
Later a little swap meet took place, nice parts, nice bikes. In the evening we had to cancel the Concours d‘elegance because of the weather but we joined the local fire-departement party, very funny ;)

Next day we started again for a ride to a near farm/museum. The weather was good, the heads ached from lasts night party and the bicycles were changed (i used one of my ordinary bikes).

Thanks a lot for the organisation, MVCA!