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A wonderland of toys! Andy Gard; miniature Revere Ware; Elka stuffed animals. Remco toys; cap guns; and more. Brick construction sets; WIAD lineside models. Wood model kits by Yeoman; KK Jr. Gas engines; and plastic model kits by: Slot cars from Airfix; Champion; Minic; Scalextric. Accessories and building kits by Faller. Over 20 pages fully illustrated with kits from Airfix; Aurora; Revell; Triang. Gas powered cars and airplanes from Cox.

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The Thorn Raven is a heavy-duty touring bike built around the fabulous Rohloff Speedhub 14 speed rear hub. This bike also has two sets of handlebars, for an unusually wide choice of hand positions. I sold it in July, to a cyclist from Louisiana. Read all about it! They “parted it out” and put the frame on the floor with a sign that said “Ride it if you dare!

The manufacturer’s date on a bicycle’s components can often be used to determine the date of manufacture of the bike itself. Many bike parts have a date code cast or stamped into the piece. Bicycle component dating.

Some bike parts have a date code cast or stamped into the piece. This clearly is when the component was made and not when the bike was made, but unless the component or bike manufacturer had lots of stock lying around in inventory, the date should be a fairly good indication of the year of the bike. At least it would be the earliest date that the bike could have been made.

Of course, all this assumes the bike has the original component. The most likely components to be original are the stem, handlebars, seatpost, and brakes. On a vintage bike in excellent condition that apparently had a lonely existence in a garage all of the components likely are original. As the wear on a vintage bike increases, the greater the likelihood components are not original, either through replacement of worn parts or through component swaps. Swaps can take place early in the life of a bike as the proud new owner upgrades to new or used components of higher quality.

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Brakes Older Raleigh-made brakes used special cables with moulded ends on both ends of the cables, as shown. These cables are no longer available. They were supplied in different configurations for front, gent’s rear and lady’s rear applications. The cable came with the adjusting barrel. To replace the cable assembly, you would unbolt the adjusting barrel from the caliper. These cables can often be revived by dripping oil into them and working them back and forth.

For many years, in many parts of the world, the Raleigh “Sports” three-speed bicycle was considered the ultimate in human-powered transportation.

Contact The History of the Folding Bike There have been many who have laid claim to the invention of the folding bike. Humorously, a bike manufacturer who shall remain nameless so as to not unduly embarrass them audaciously claims on their website to have produced the world’s first folding bike in Wishful thinking by their marketing department I suppose.

The truth is that the folding bike has been around for considerably longer than one might imagine and most claims of being the first are erroneous. First things first though, you can’t have a folding bike without the invention of the bicycle itself. So a very short history lesson on the bicycle is in order. Here again we have some disputed claims of invention and historians will probably never be able to identify the exact moment of invention.

For a while some had claimed that Leonardo Da Vinci invented the bicycle based on a sketch found in his Codex Atlanticus. However, this sketch was later determined to be a forgery, though many historical accounts written before this forgery was discovered still credit Da Vinci as the inventor of the bicycle.

There were a few “pre-bicycles” invented before the appearance of what one would recognize as a bicycle. The first of these was probably the “Celerifere” developed by a French count named Mede de Sivrac in It consisted of two wheels connected by a beam and was decorated to look like a horse or a lion. There was no steering mechanism or pedals and it was basically a whimsical novelty meant to entertain the idle rich.

The Draisienne below had steering but still no pedals.

History of the bicycle

Above, Punnett Companion, below close-up of the badge. Rochester, NY There were several ways to fashion a bicycle built for two, but the Punnett, with a pair of frames, side-by-side attached to a pair of in-line wheels, was one of the more unlikely ones. The rear axle had a sprocket on either side, each powered by a corresponding chain, front sprocket, and pedals. If this seemed like difficult cycling and balancing the Punnett with two riders was no easy task there was another option: This was not entirely comfortable, but it was considered practical in getting the machine to and from the abode of the wheelman’s lady friend.

WELCOME TO THE BICYCLE MUSEUM. Bicycles are wonderfully simple, eloquent and efficient machines. A few of the bikes were purchased by me, or for me, new, including the brown Schwinn SuperSport, the Trek , the Univega FS, and the Trek (for one of my sons).

This thoughtful testimonial is on a separate page Added on September 26, This article in Bicycling has 10 good crash stories with great photos: Added on December 27, Just so you know! I was wearing a v good helmet, which saved me! Added on December 15, I was riding my bike a kid knocked into me I flew off my bike bounced off of my helmet in the rocks. I cut my arm open and needed stitches. The doctor said my head would’ve been cut open without the helmet and it probably saved my life.

Supported completely by a patient supervisor and college I completed my research and was awarded a MPhil. I do my best to let people hear how important cycle helmets are, and encourage as many as possible to use them, but am still noticing exceptions most days by cyclists presumably imagining accidents don’t happen in the early hours! Mine had been exactly that! Before this guy jumped those lights, I had luckily got myself a quality helmet and a good early system so I had it on.

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MOT scrapped for pre s vehicles Back in November we reported that this was on the cards, and now it’s official. From 18th November , the UK MOT annual inspection test will be scrapped for vehicles manufactured before , unless used for hire and reward carrying paying passengers. The reason is simple: That’s the opinion of Mike Penning, Roads Minister. So until 18th November, classic owners will be obliged to have MOT tests as and when due—assuming the vehicle is to be used on the roads.

But after that date, it’s all over.

3T, founded in Torino in , is a venerable name in Italian cycling. Down the years, many great champions put their trust in 3T. Its polished-alloy racing handlebars, stems, and seatposts were legend for their perfect fit, light weight, and elegant 3T became an independent marque again and made major new investments in advanced design and engineering for the era of carbon-fiber.

Washington Agricultural Commission Mistake: Everybody loves a Gimme Cap, Right? A Washington State agriculture official touring China in handed out bright green baseball caps at every stop but never noticed that none of the men would put them on, or that all the women were giggling hysterically. Thus, legend holds that if you wear a green hat, it means that your wife has cheated on you, and if you give a man a green hat, it means that you have had sex with his wife.

The Chinese delegation was very polite, and finally someone took the agricultural commissioner aside to clue him in. This is a fairly self-explanatory item so I will say no more. And thus, another Mac hater was born… Source: Congress refused them any funding. How to Get an Upgrade British Airways first-class passenger Paul Trinder woke up from an in-flight nap to find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin strapped into the seat next to him.

Her wailing and inconsolable daughter attended the body soon thereafter. BA made no compensation efforts or apology to Trinder, a gold-level frequent flier who logged , miles a year with the airline. Heated play, 25, drunks, and essentially free beer with no consumption limit. Seriously, how did this even get past the brainstorming session?

Antique Bicycles Pre-1933

Locating the Serial Number – Chicago built Schwinn serial numbers are found on the left rear axle-hanger or fork-end on the frame. If letters were used for date codes, they skipped the letters “I” and “O” as they looked too much like numbers. This scheme is for all Chicago built non-Paramount models excluding Superiors and Super Sports whose serial numbers are located on the left rear axle hanger and consist of a single letter code for the month [again, skip"I” and"O”], the last digit of the year and a 3-digit sequential build number — e.

The Super Sports with Huret dropouts seem to have used a two digit year ‘C ‘ — March, , th frame.

Over catalogs and brochures from classic bicycle and component manufacturers, and cycling literature. Updated: 12/20/ These are photocopies or scans of original catalogs, they are NOT original catalogs; they are printed for you when you order (sorry, no returns).

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B. Berner in Massapequa in !!! Moved away from Long Island to another state and married. I am happy where I live now It’s been over 20 years or so, but I will never forget Massapequa. I try to visit when I can and catch up with some old friends and family.

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