Posts Tagged ‘derailleur’

Heritage in Cyclo.

November 8, 2010

The French Cyclo company was the creation of Albert Raimond, one of the giants of derailleur history. Raimond developed the ‘Le Cyclo’ derailleur in 1923 (the design which became the Cyclo Standard in Britain). These derailleurs were imported into Britain from 1926. In 1932 the Great Depression had caused widespread protectionism, and Britain imposed high import duties on derailleurs imported from France. Raimond and his British Agent, Louis Camillis, responded by going into partnership and forming The Cyclo Gear Company to manufacture derailleurs and freewheels in Birmingham. By the end of the 1930’s the Cyclo Gear Company was clearly the leading player in the British derailleur market, while the French company was rapidly losing ground to Simplex.

It’s amazing what you can find out about Birmingham cycle product manufacture when you have a good look.

Seen here at the amazing Disraeli Gears.

Gears for Years.

November 2, 2009

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The rear derailleur is, in many ways, the definitive bicycle component, it defines the ‘groupset’ and that in turn, defines the bike. Cyclists often use the shorthand of talking about an ‘Ultegra’ road bike or an ‘XTR’ mountain bike. In addition to this the rear derailleur is the most complex and machine like bicycle component, unlike handlebars or hubs it is a real ‘mechanism’, with plenty of mechanical action going on. Finally there may be something to Arnfried Schmitz’s whimsical idea that “collecting derailleurs is fascinating because they are small, complex and have two wheels – like a bike!”

Disraeli Gears is a website completely and utterly dedicated to the rear mech or the rear derailleur as most call it.

On the site you will find an absolute plethora of images and lots and lots of history. You can search for a ‘mech’ using brand, country, theme and even colour… honestly if you are as geeky as me when it comes to metal and mechanisms you really need to go


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