Monday, September 22, 2014

Royal Enfield Advert 1913

An advertising proof for Royal Enfield bicycles from 1913. Interesting to sell a bicycle on the basis of the pleasant surroundings of the factory it was made in!

1913 Royal Enfield advertising proof.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pleasing Ma-In Law

Apparently mother in law jokes are timeless. This postcard is from 1907.

Monday, September 15, 2014

William Lennon Vintage Cycling shoe review

Recently in search of a pair of retro / vintage style cycling shoes I came across the William Lennon company online. I've got to admit that against the competition the first attraction was the price - at £61.95 including postage they are half the price of the competition from Quoc Pham or Vittoria. Another factor in the appeal was that they are made in England to order. I had some suspicion that at the price they couldn't be of the quality I wanted but I put that fear aside, got in touch and started enquiring.

The reply from William Lennon was swift and helpful. I didn't want the shoes in standard black, could they be in brown. No problem. Would I like a leather sole? Yes. OK, another fifteen pounds. Still a very fair price.

I placed the order and had to wait a couple of weeks for the shoes to be made and delivered. They arrived and... excellent, proper old school cycling shoes. Well made, a comfortable fit and totally look the part. 

The decision for leather soles over hard rubber is a purely stylistic one and one I am glad I made but I had forgotten just how slippery a plain leather sole is. I'll be fitting a stick on rubber sole to avoid any tail over chest incidents. The sole is of the correct stiffness for cycling.

The company seems to be heavily outgunned online by far heavier marketing machines but don't overlook them, seek them out, they are a decent company making quality shoes in England at a far lower price than the competition and for that should be saluted.

William Lennon Arturo cycling shoes vintage retro style bicycle
William Lennon Arturo cycling shoes.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Labour of Love

The title seems apt. Mild sauce from 1907.

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'A Labour of Love' vintage postcard.

The first post...

Welcome to vintage bicycling. A new blog, the sibling of mixed motorcycling and cycling blog Red Devil Motors. As Red Devil Motors content has grown it seems like the time is right to split off cycling with its own site.

The ethos of Vintage Bicycling is the same as Red Devil Motors - a passion for two-wheelers of all types and ages, the high end and the workaday. Racing, touring, off-road, mundane or glamorous and the occasional foray into subjects way off topic. User submitted content is positively encouraged - send in pictures of your rides, spots and projects.

To see all the Red Devil Motors content tagged with cycling follow this link:

Read on, enjoy and comment.