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Mercian

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 1, 2016
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France
#5
Rather nice, I would love one, for both the Paris and Coventry links.

Paris, Circa 1897.

http://www.musee-art-industrie.sain...rs-cycles/bicyclette-en-bois-courbe-souplette

http://encycloduvelo.fr/la-souplette/

http://www.thonet.com.au/products_group/chairs/

And for the non French readers:

"This bicycle was designed at the same time and according to the same principle as the famous Thonet chairs. The framework is comprised of the bent wood stems assembled by means of steel parts. The crosspiece of the handlebar and the wheel rims are also in wood. The advantages of the wood construction are above all the lightness (11 kg) and flexibility (hence the name of the marque ). The design, with its mountings in the form of an arc of circle forming the guide wires and the bases, is that of a framework in steel tube built by Bonnick in Coventry in 1891. At the present time, after more than a century of disinterest, wood has started to reappear in the design of bicycle frames, with models in wood, bamboo or bamboo fiber.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,465
3,449
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#6
Rather nice, I would love one, for both the Paris and Coventry links.

Paris, Circa 1897.

http://www.musee-art-industrie.sain...rs-cycles/bicyclette-en-bois-courbe-souplette

http://encycloduvelo.fr/la-souplette/

http://www.thonet.com.au/products_group/chairs/

And for the non French readers:

"This bicycle was designed at the same time and according to the same principle as the famous Thonet chairs. The framework is comprised of the bent wood stems assembled by means of steel parts. The crosspiece of the handlebar and the wheel rims are also in wood. The advantages of the wood construction are above all the lightness (11 kg) and flexibility (hence the name of the marque ). The design, with its mountings in the form of an arc of circle forming the guide wires and the bases, is that of a framework in steel tube built by Bonnick in Coventry in 1891. At the present time, after more than a century of disinterest, wood has started to reappear in the design of bicycle frames, with models in wood, bamboo or bamboo fiber.

Best Regards,

Adrian
Many thanks for posting this @Mercian.
Lovely photos on the 'sterba' site.
Thanks for the link to the Thonet site also, I had no idea they're still going.
I've had many a fine evening out on a Thonet chair.
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,465
3,449
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#7
Likes: hoofhearted

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
4,988
12,416
Compton, United States
#15
Walter, I was just thinking about you today, because we hadn't heard from you for awhile.
So, I was pleased to see that you are alive and well, and still finding the most amazing stuff.
Thanks Mercian, for the splendid explaination.
The Cabe is also alive and well!
 

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