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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:46 am

The Black Douglas Sterling – a classic motorcycle with a very modern heart
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/black-douglas-sterling-classic-motorcycle-modern-heart/

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Even the name hints at the Bristol-based Douglas firm that was among Britain’s leading early marques, winning its first Isle of Man TT in 1912, and establishing a reputation for flat-twin roadsters that lasted until production ended in the Fifties.


But the Black Douglas is very different. It’s a new bike: designed in Birmingham, produced near Milan, and powered by a 230cc, single-cylinder engine from China. Far from being a fragile piece of history best appreciated by elderly enthusiasts, the Sterling is a modern motorcycle that combines its old-school look with simplicity of use.


"... a very modern heart."... Some ebikers might say it has a Black Heart (burning "petrol"), then proceed to stuff that tank with lithium cells. (And grumble how it's hard to pedal...)

[Sigh] So. A couple of hub motors? :)
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:20 am

When Presidents Day Was Bicycle Day
("Long before Washington's Birthday was marked by car sales, Americans celebrated their first president by pedaling."):
https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/02/when-presidents-day-was-bicycle-day/385526/

Starts:
Every year, Americans mark Presidents Day with an orgy of auto sales, kicking-off the car-buying season. Our celebration of George Washington’s birthday is now firmly intertwined with the automobile, a testament to the powerful grip of car culture upon our civic imagination. But more than a century ago, February 22 bore a very different identity: It was Bicycle Day.


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Includes:
In some ways, the commercialization of the holiday parallels the conversion of America into a consumers’ republic. Americans gave expression to their freedom by purchasing what they wanted, and above all, by buying devices that promised personal liberty. Bicycles once promised to usher in an age of personal rapid transit, freeing Americans to go wherever they chose. In the twentieth century, cars did the same. And now, in the twenty-first, ebike sales are back.


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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:21 am

MOSTLY PEDESTRIANS, seen here (but plenty of vehicles also, some horseless!
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:09 am

the Worlds First Bicycle (Vid on vimeo)
https://vimeo.com/158607566


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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:20 am

ES Bible "Search found 2 matches: +ROPER +1869"...

I see Ropers bike has shown up again...



Inventor/ES Guy Sylvester Howard Roper looking VERY good for his infirmity....

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(ED: Those darned fatal inventions can be tricky to operate.)
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:51 pm

Those slacks you're wearing? You can thank the bicycle for that: a timeline of milestones in cycling:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-bicycle-timeline-20170409-story.html

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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby Dauntless » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:45 am

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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:04 pm

Chinese man invents electric wooden horse:


Guess gives some guys a "woodie"... Giddy Up Horsey!
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Wed May 10, 2017 9:45 pm

ES Bible: "No suitable matches were found."... for "Garrard & Blumfield"...

Throwback Thursday: An electric autocar, 1895
("In the second ever issue of Autocar, we published a piece on the Garrard & Blumfield electric four-seater which had an 80-mile range"):
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/anything-goes-throwback-thursday/throwback-thursday-electric-autocar-1895

Includes pic:
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(Cap:"Garrard & Blumfield's phaeton")

Begins:
In the second ever issue of Autocar, published 6 November 1895, we published a report from the Cyclist magazine on an electric car that had been built in the summer of 1894.

Produced by the Garrard & Blumfield bicycle engineering company of Coventry, it was a four-seat phaeton with an innovative drive system.


Includes:
The electric power unit for the Garrard & Blumfield was “contained in a series of twenty-four accumulator (rechargeable) cells”. These were likely lead acid, although we could not find any writing confirming this.

“The accumulators (batteries) weigh some 500lbs,” we continued, “and the completed vehicle comes out at about 1000lbs, or, roughly speaking, about half a ton, as against two and a half tons the weight of the lightest electric road carriage hitherto placed upon the road.”

The phaeton’s “cells were connected with a motor carried upon the (car’s) framework beneath; the spindle which the motor works, being arranged with a feather, so that it can be slid to and fro several inches by means of a lever, placed in contiguity to the rider’s left hand.”

“This is effected by quite a new system,” we said, with “the spindle carrying a roller or a pair of rollers so arranged that they jamb between the surfaces of two metal discs which face each other in the rear portion of the carriage.

“By sliding the roller in or out from the centre of these discs, the power applicable, and inversely the speed attained, is graduated to the nicest degree. The discs are then connected by toothed gearing and a chain with the balance gear which drives the two back wheels.”

This method, instead of finding a way to modulate the available power, “saved a tremendous waste of electricity”.


... and:
What a shame that electric vehicles never truly took off, and are only returning to the forefront of the industry now, 110 years later. If they had co-existed with ICE cars, who knows what the common electric car would be like today, and for how long ICEs would have been dead and buried.


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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Thu May 11, 2017 10:36 pm

1818 to 1890s Bicycle Models (from 1915 documentary)


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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby Dauntless » Fri May 12, 2017 12:08 am

SO which one of those are you going to put a 80100 melon on and go 60mph?

(And how many mismatches in the footage did YOU catch?)
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Fri May 12, 2017 6:04 am

^^ Hehe ... sprich nicht deutsch viel ... 60mph? Sorta a "pipe dream" in 21st century urban world...

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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Sat May 13, 2017 1:11 am

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain
("The United Kingdom built hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes—and promptly forgot about them."):
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/britain-forgotten-1930s-bike-network

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Starts:
In the 1930s, Britain’s Ministry of Transport built an extensive network of bike highways around the country—at least 280 miles of paved, protected infrastructure dedicated to cyclists alone. For decades, it was entirely forgotten—overgrown and overlooked—so much so that no one seems to remember that these lanes had existed at all.


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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Fri May 19, 2017 8:39 pm

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CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities) is the latest expansion of The Atlantic's digital properties, launched in September 2011. The stand-alone site has been described as exploring and explaining "the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today's global cities and neighborhoods."


... and:
The Atlantic is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, The Atlantic has been based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a reputation for having a moderate mindset in its reporting. The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and poets, as well as encouraged major careers. It has published leading writers' commentary on abolition, education, and other major issues in contemporary political affairs. The periodical was named Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 2016.


The Great Leveler
("In its early history, the bicycle was celebrated—and condemned—for disrupting social barriers and bringing the classes together."):
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/05/the-great-leveler/527355/

Starts:
The doctor was appalled. Two young women “of irreproachable character and social standing” had befriended two “well-dressed damsels” while out riding bikes. The four friends met up for rides for a few weeks, until it was discovered that the well-dressed damsels “were none other than a pair of nymphs de pave”—streetwalkers.

The clear lesson, according to this Louisville physician, writing in an 1897 medical journal: Women should never ride bikes.


:mrgreen: FUN article. Might remind some about the early daze of electric traction on bikes. :mrgreen:
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Mon May 22, 2017 2:32 am

Nice article from the Daily Camera:

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The Daily Camera is a newspaper in Boulder, Colorado, United States.


Boulder County History: Trolley brought visitors to Chautauqua
("Street railway was boon to University Hill development"):
http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_31003299/boulder-county-history-trolley-brought-visitors-chautauqua
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(Pic caption: "The first passengers rode on the new Boulder Street Railway electric trolley cars on June 24, 1899. (Carnegie Branch Library for Local History")

Article starts:
What if you could hop on an open-air trolley, bring your bicycle aboard, and enjoy a ride uphill to Chautauqua Park? That's what they did in 1899.

With the public debate on parking at Chautauqua Park in full swing, perhaps bringing back an old-fashioned trolley should be considered.

When Texas educators agreed to establish their new Chautauqua in Boulder in 1898, they wanted guaranteed transportation from the train depot. But that vision didn't come to fruition right away.

Visitors to the new Chautauqua got off the train at the depot at 14th and Water (now Canyon) streets and trudged up the hill to the Chautauqua grounds. Women, in the long dark skirts, high-necked blouses and heavy hats of the Victorian era, were overheated and exhausted by walking over a mile in the summer heat. Travelers could hire a horse and carriage, for an extra expense, and many did. Locals drove their own horse-drawn vehicles to the park as well, resulting in the green space filled up as a buggy parking lot.


These days they could rent electric bikes. :mrgreen:
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Re: Horses of Iron

Postby LockH » Mon May 22, 2017 11:50 am

Might amuse... Just the ticket: a look at the history of speed limits... from a site in Malaysia?:
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2017/05/21/just-the-ticket-a-look-at-the-history-of-speed-limits/

Starts:
The first internal combustion-propelled car may have chugged out of Karl Benz's workshop back in 1886, but it took until 1901 for a US state to decide that the automobile could be dangerous if driven at speed.


Includes:
And it was in the UK, in Kent in 1896, that a certain Walter Arnold driving a Benz Motor Carriage became the first ever recipient of a speeding fine. Arnold was caught doing 8mph — four times the speed limit — and the car was apprehended by a policeman on a bicycle.


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