Moulton and Starley remembered. And Giant turns 40.

trike_frontIn 1950s Europe, adults rode bicycles with big wheels and children rode bicycles with small wheels. Then Alex Moulton introduced a small-wheeled bicycle with suspension front and rear, and the 1960s gained a distinctive cultural silhouette. A newspaper in Great Britain recently summarized the life of the 92-year-old engineer who developed the Moulton bicycle and, earlier, the suspension system of the original Mini automobile. (The Guardian)

Had he lived, John Kemp Starley would have celebrated birthday No. 158 on December 14. So it’s left to us to celebrate the man behind the safety bicycle of 1888, the direct predecessor of all upright bikes to follow. This link contains a nifty video of three bicycles: a boneshaker, a high wheeler and the solid-tired Starley. (Roads Were Not Built For Cars)

Lordy, lordy, guess who’s 40? Probably the only bicycle company named after a baseball team. Giant makes 5.7 million bicycles a year, among them “bikes for Trek, Canyon, Scott, Colnago and Yeti.” As of 2012, the company has “11,275 dealers worldwide, including 2,000 Giant-owned stores in China.” (BikeBiz)

When I originally built up my Paisley tricycle years ago, the Phil Wood disc brake quickly proved disappointing. After I had the machine repainted, I added a cantilever brake in front and an Italian Universal Model 68 sidepull brake behind the fork crown. I could get away with the reversed sidepull because, unlike other maker’s brakes, the Universal’s cable-housing stop was very close to the same height as the center bolt. Here’s a quick look at the company’s brakes from the 1930s to the 1980s. (Classic Lightweights UK)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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