Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Digitized Catalogues at the National Cycle Library (UK)

WARNING: Clicking on the links below will almost certainly lead to sleeplessness, extreme feelings of envy and/or desire, and potential loss of marriage.

Doing some research on Phillips today, I found myself checking in with the website of the British National Cycling Collection. It has been a while since I visited, and to my great surprise and delight, I found that they've digitized much more of their library than they had previously. Of particular note are the scanned catalogues, which provide an excellent reference for period restorations of many British-built bicycles.

Although it doesn't add much to my knowledge of my Raleigh-built 1955 Huffy, the image below of the "genuine" Raleigh equivalent (the Sports Light Roadster) is kind of neat to have as a reference. Now, if only we could still order from these catalogues...

15 comments:

  1. Intriguing. Couldn't get to anything on the Falcon material. Maybe when we get our Internet back instead of just this iPhone. Seeing what I could see, any bag updates?

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  2. would it still be possible to find that model now?

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  3. Bah, Steve A., the Falcon stuff appears not to be scanned! Frustrating. I think their system needs some work. When you click on the scanned catalogues link above, don't click on the alphabetical listings because that will take you away from the scanned catalogues and into their main collection, which is not all digitized. By clicking "next" at the top left of the scanned catalogues section, you will go through all of the catalogues. As a historian and husband of a librarian, I think their system could be a little better.

    As for the bag, all these catalogues inspired me to get back to work on it. I've been mulling over the side/front flap problem and waiting for inspiration. Can't rush genius. Or incompetence, as the case may be.

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  4. @ a., Do you mean the Sports? Yeah, they're around if you keep your eyes open. It would be a lot easier if we could just order pristine old bicycles from catalogues, though. Hmm...

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  5. Wow Thom, thanks for this....and we'll all keep looking for the elusive Phillips info, no?
    ....riding English in Salt Lake!

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  6. @MarcosLagoSalado: Isn't yours a Phillips Manhattan? I saw a Manhattan in one of the scanned Phillips catalogues, but I forget which year. Should be easy to find though.

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  7. hi all great blog i love some of your vintage bikes. i wonder if you could help me in identifying a bike. it is on my blog for you to see, its a ladies rod brake bike. any idea on year or make? cheers for any help.

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  8. Super, super, super find, Thom! The mid-sixties Raleigh spare parts catalog: http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/ncl/pics/Raleigh%20catalogue%201963%20spares%20&%20accessories%20(V-CC%20Library).pdf is especially neat because it contains parts/illustrations for ALL post-merger Nottingham brands. Every Nottingham-built owner ought to download this gem IMHO!

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  9. Hello !

    a french website for old bikes

    >> http://velos-anciens.clanfree.net/

    Bye Bye
    Jérôme

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  10. This is a great resource! A friend just picked up a double-top-tube 22" rod-brake roadster today, and it appears to be a variant of the late 50s Roadmaster shown in the various catalogs scanned here. I would not have had a clue, otherwise. Thanks!

    Corey K

    P.S. anyone have a date range for serial number N623879 ? Hub is a '57 Sturmey Archer SW.

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  11. Oh, my, Thom. I'm trying to grade here!!!

    If anyone sees "Phillips City Model" info, pass it on!

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  12. Found you via Doohickie's blog. So glad I came. As a member of the Veteran-Cycle Club and owning a 1948 Raleigh Record Ace and a 1961 Rudge Superbe yours is a blog I shall just have to link to.
    thanks a lot and see you again.

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  13. I'm glad you like the National Cycling Collection scanned catalogues. The Library is a partnership with the Veteran-Cycle Club and has only been running for a year. There are currently over 4,000 items available to download but you have to be a Friend of the NCC or Member of the V-CC to access most of them. More are being added all the time. As a Member of the V-CC we will scan it and put it in the Library on request if we have it.

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  14. Do have a look at the new National Cycle Library website here:

    http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/library/

    Where else can you find this stuff?

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  15. I have just started trying to rebuild my Triumph Roadster (pre Raleigh I think). Any advice is welcome!

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