Archive for March 13th, 2013

March 13, 2013

Where there’s Smoke

A century ago many small-time bicycle manufacturers tried their hand at motorizing their contraptions. One such ‘shop was Pope from Westfield MA who ran with the best of ’em: Indian, Flying Merkel, Cyclone. Here’s a smashing looking board racer ready for a rider with plenty of derring do to hare around one of the infamous wood tracks of the day; come a cropper on that circuit and you’ll be pulling splinters for weeks…. If at all you make it! Harris Tweed isn’t too great a protective clothing for speed work.

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A cardinal name on the tank too…

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… And at speeds approaching The Ton on steeply banked tracks a higher power was needed if the competitors ‘came a cropper’. Ouch!