Pre-War English Bicycle Literature

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HUFFMANBILL

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 9, 2014
110
63
Maryland
Are there any good books or other references available on the History of the various major manufactures, collecting and restoring pre-war English bicycles? Any good web-sites that specialize in these bikes?

Regards,
Bill
 

Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
665
74
Schaumburg
Raleigh dominated the market in the UK and bought out almost all other manufacturers. With India and the dominions they were the largest bike maker?
 
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HUFFMANBILL

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 9, 2014
110
63
Maryland
Thank you all for your responses and I take it that there are little to no good books on these bikes.

Regards,
Bill
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,143
United States
Veteran Cycle Club formerly had a full library of catalogs going back well before WWII that you could download for free. They recently did away with that and went to a pay-subscription model.

There is a very good book from Tony Hadland on the history of Raleigh - it's a hardcover reference book with lots of pictures and documentation. It's called "Raleigh Past and Presence". He also wrote a nice history of Sturmey Archer, but that is out of print now.

I am unaware of any published, comprehensive history of all pre-WWII British bike brands. Much of the research on these bikes, especially the lesser-known brands was done through the VCC catalog archive.
 

dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,022
53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
Veteran Cycle Club formerly had a full library of catalogs going back well before WWII that you could download for free. They recently did away with that and went to a pay-subscription model.

There is a very good book from Tony Hadland on the history of Raleigh - it's a hardcover reference book with lots of pictures and documentation. It's called "Raleigh Past and Presence". He also wrote a nice history of Sturmey Archer, but that is out of print now.

I am unaware of any published, comprehensive history of all pre-WWII British bike brands. Much of the research on these bikes, especially the lesser-known brands was done through the VCC catalog archive.
The reason for the recent change was that switching to the new site significantly reduced online hosting costs, unfortunately this has reduced accessibility.

@SirMike1983 , you may be delighted to know that Tony Hadland, in conjunction with Alan Clarke (head honcho at SA) has just published a revised, expanded, updated version of his book.....
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If anyone's interested, I can put you in touch with the V-CC book sales officer.
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,821
Bulverde, TX
that's a shame - I've bought a few books from Amazon.uk - often the seller will post to US even if it's not listed in Amazon here.
 
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