• Short Summary

    A new style of bicycle is ridden around London.

  • Description


    A groovy girl in a polka dot trouser suit looks at bikes outside a bicycle shop; she attempts to get on a penny farthing bike, but can't quite make it; the male assistant (T Barrell) brings out a 'Donkey Bike' for her to try. It looks quite strange, with a large wheel at the back and a small one at the front; the handlebars curve round the back of the rider, so they sit up straight while riding.

    The girl cycles through a park on the bike; cut to the girl getting on a double decker bus with the folded bicycle. Folk singer Pete Newby is seen taking his Donkey Bike out of the boot of his car; he fixes the handlebars to the front of the bike and rides off. He stops on a quiet road to put the handlebars on the back of the bike and rides along a busy street. In fast motion, we see Pete, the trouser suit girl and another man riding about a park on their Donkey Bikes.

    Note: on file is a leaflet on the Donkey Bike - multiple use health mobile apparat [sic] - made in Germany. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:03:00 / 01:25:12:00
    CP 627

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    "bikes outside a bicycle shop" - the location here is Goldhawk Road, London.

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  2. Unknown user says

    "Pete Newby is seen taking his Donkey Bike out of the boot of his car" - this car is seen to have a German number plate. This very same car is seen in clip 3217.17 being driven by the bike's inventor, Emil Friedman of Frankfurt. I think we can therefore safely assume Mr Newby was just borrowing the car!

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