AMBERLEY VETERAN CYCLE DAY
2010 & 2011
with VIDEO COMMENTARY by ROD SAFE
on the HISTORY OF CYCLING
As the Amberley Chalk-Pits Museum Veteran Cycle Day in the Spring is the first event of the year, I always look forward to it throughout the winter. It never disappoints.
The majority of vintage vehicle events are north of London – of course, the heartland of British industry was the Midlands. With so few events taking place in the south, we make a point of supporting them. Some of the top vintage collectors attend this show, so there’s always a fabulous turnout.
Rod Safe provides a wonderful commentary: I recorded his 2010 ‘brief history of the bicycle’ talk as the bikes were paraded around the ring, which you can see and hear in four videos further down the page.
ROD SAFE’S ‘BRIEF HISTORY of the BICYCLE’ VIDEO COMMENTARY
PETER HOYTE’S BAMBOOS
MY DISPLAY, AMBERLEY 2010
If there’s one criticism of Amberley it’s that more-or-less the same bikes appear every year. Of course, this is typical of most local shows. To me, that’s fine, as they are all bikes I like to see again. But last year it struck me that it would be good to take something different, so I displayed some rare cycle-attachments and some of my American bikes. Above you can see the German Nordap front-wheel-mounted cyclemotor. The Victoria bicycle in which it’s fitted was restored by my friend Pat, who came over from Paris for the event. Behind it is a Serwa; another Pat restoration, and you can see Pat riding it further down.
Donald Duck keeps Hopalong Cassidy company, above. And I take the ‘Hoppy’ for a spin, below.
Pat fired up the Serwa for a ride around the ring. This very rare French 4-stroke makes a wonderful sound. The bicycle is a Rallye, with interesting frame-strengthening.
I’m not sure if I’ve become a more contentious git as I’ve got older, but I like to do things differently. At the Brighton Naked Bike Ride, I took my safety bike and full costume; below, at the veteran cycle day I’m riding a 1999 Dyno Moon Cruiser. I don’t particularly like modern bikes, but I’m a collector, and I find it interesting that this bike was designed as a collector’s item. By the way, for the record, with full moon discs, it’s pretty horrible to ride, and you wouldn’t want to get a puncture …not that different from my early bikes then.
MY DISPLAY, AMBERLEY 2011
This year, my theme was ‘pairs.’
Above, 1896 Chouberksy roller skates; below, 1896 Ritter roller skates.
Below: 1901 Peugeot Chainless on the left; Columbia Spring-frame 2-Speed Chainless on the right.
A pair of Truss Bridge Frames: 1909 Iver Johnson in the foreground, above; and on the right, below. Its partner is a 1910 Terrot Truss.
Trying out the Columbia for the first time since it’s brakes were fixed…
Barry only finished restoring the Indian the day before the show, so I brought that along too.
Below, Barry and Corin cruising the show. Roll on next year…