Sunday, 28 October 2007

A bicycle side car

Up until the 1950s in the UK bicycle sidecars were popular with families as a way to transport their children on jaunts into the countryside. These days there have been very few bicycle side cars made and if so are nothing like the wooden framed, alloy bodied sidecars that were once popular. One of the major manufacturers of bicycle side cars were Watsonian who by the way is still in business producing motorcycle sidecars. Apart from the company mentioned above there were others and one of these is a bicycle company called Armstrong Cycles Ltd a bicycle manufacturer from Birmingham. Looking through an old issue of Cycling (a British magazine ) from the 1940s I found an add for their side car. Which I've decided to copy. At present I have almost completed the wood frame and the next step will be to fit the perspex windows etc. As this project advances I'll post updates of how the side car is progressing. It's a winter project so it may be finished some time next year. Pictured above is the work that I've done so far and the add for the Armstrong sidecar. Also the bicycle it will be fitted too when finished which is a 1947 Humber Sports

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