• Short Summary

    BIG NEWS IN THE BICYCLE WORLD IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MAJOR BREAKAWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL DESIGN WHICH HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THE PAST 60 YEARS.

  • Description

    BIG NEWS IN THE BICYCLE WORLD IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MAJOR BREAKAWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL DESIGN WHICH HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THE PAST 60 YEARS. ALEX MOULTON, THE, MAN WHO DESIGNED BRITAIN'S REVOLUTIONARY HYDROLASTIC SUSPENSION UNIT ON THE NEW MORRIS 1100 CAR, HAS TURNED HIS ATTENTION TO THE BICYCLE, AND OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS HAS WORKED ON PERFECTING TRAVEL ON TWO WHEELS - BY PEDAL POWER.
    THE RESULT IS A BICYCLE WITH SMALL WHEELS AND RUBBER SUSPENSION UNITS THAT ANY ONE CAN RIDE- TALL OR SHORT, MALE OR FEMALE. THERE ARE FIVE VARIANTS ON THE BASIC DESIGN TWO FOR GENERAL USE, ONE FOR THE LONG-DISTANCE TOURISTS: ONE FOR THE RACING MAN AND ONE FOR THE MOTORIST - IT FOLDS AWAY IN THE CAR BOOT.
    AT FIRST GLACE, THE UNUSUAL FRAME AND SMALL WHEELS ARE OBVIOUS BUT WHAT IS LESS OBVIOUS IS THE SUSPENSION - UNTIL THE BICYCLE IS RIDDEN. THEN THE RUBBER SPRING INSIDE THE HEAD COLOUMN AND ANOTHER ONE IN THE REAR OF THE SINGLE BACKBONE FRAME COME INTO OPERATION. THE SUSPENSION SYSTEM MAKES IT POSSIBLE BONE-HARD, THERE IS LESS ROLLING RESISTANCE, NO VIBRATION AND IT'S EASIER TO PEDAL ALONG.
    ONE MODEL - THE MOULTON SPEED M4 - LIVES UP TO ITS NAME. WITH JOHN WOODBURN, LAST YEAR'S BRITISH NATIONAL 25 MILE CHAMPION PROVIDING THE POWER, THE SPEED M4 COVERED A 25 MILE COURSE IN 57 MINUTES 45 SECONDS - AROUND 26 M.P.H. AVERAGE SPEED.
    AT THE OTHER END OF THE SCALE, TWO OF THE MOULTON SAFARI BICYCLES WERE TESTED ON A 10-DAY TOUR THROUGH ICELAND. THEY WERE RIDDEN ACROSS LAVA DESERTS AND ROCK STREWN ROADS WITH FULL CAMPING KIT, CLOTHING AND PROVISIONS.
    THE NEW MOULTON MODELS WILL BE ON DISPLAY TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE EARLS COURT CYCLE AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW FROM NOVEMBER 10TH - 17TH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9Z1E0LIVPOK71GDB8KGPMCOZY
    Media URN:
    VLVA9Z1E0LIVPOK71GDB8KGPMCOZY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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