Frank Berto, RIP

I am very sad to report that my old friend Frank Berto passed away last Sunday at the age of 90. He was the leading authority on the history and development of derailleur gears and the author of various books and numerous articles on cycle technology and its history. For more see: https://www.bikebiz.com/cycling-journalist-frank-berto-dies-aged-90/ and https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=frank-berto&pid=194780657

Tony Hadland’s Bibliography as at December 2019

This list includes books to which Tony Hadland has made a significant contribution. Entries in black type were authored or co-authored by him. To those in blue type he contributed one or more of the following:  a chapter, a paper, significant research, editing or design. Books are listed in descending order of first edition publication year.

THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE: A CENTURY AND MORE OF STURMEY-ARCHER
A complete update and revision of the book The Sturmey-Archer Story by Tony Hadland, first published in 1987
Authors: Tony Hadland & Alan Clarke
Publisher: Pinkerton Press (Veteran-Cycle Club)

Hardback: 2019
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club sales

CYCLE HISTORY 29
Proceedings of the 29th International Cycling History Conference, London, England
Editors: Gary W. Sanderson, Thomas Baker & Phillip P. Sanderson
Contains a paper by Tony Hadland on whether the safety bicycle influenced human evolution in England
Softback: 2019
Availability: International Cycling History Conference website

DOUBLE-LIFE DISC JOCKEY
Tony Hadland’s involvement in DJing, broadcasting and video production
Author: Tony Hadland
Publisher: Hadland Books (via FeedARead)

Softback: 2018
Availability: Amazon, any good bookshop or this blog

FROM BICYCLE TO SUPERBIKE
The biography and bikeography of Mike Burrows
Authors: Tony Hadland & Mike Burrows
Publisher: Hadland Books
Hardback: 2016
Availability: Amazon, any good bookshop, British Human Power Club or this blog

THE BICYCLE BOOK: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY
Superbly illustrated outline history of the bicycle
Senior editor: Chauney Dunford
Contributors included Tony Hadland
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Hardback: 2016
Availability: Amazon or any good bookshop

MEET THE ANCESTORS OF RICHARD AND JEREMY HADLAND
Illustrated family history
Author: Tony Hadland

Privately published via CEWE for limited circulation
Hardback: 2015

THE AERONAUTICAL CAREER OF HERBERT JEFFREE IN PICTURES
Illustrated biography
Author: Tony Hadland

Privately published via CEWE for limited circulation
Hardback: 2015

MY LIFE IN PICTURES: Part 1, 1949–1974
Annotated photo album
Author: Tony Hadland

Privately published via CEWE for limited circulation
Hardback: 2014

BICYCLE DESIGN: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
A uniquely comprehensive and carefully researched history of bicycle design
Authors: Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing
Publisher: MIT Press
Hardback: 2014 (out of print as at November 2017)
Softback: 2014 (out of print)
Revised softback: 2016
E-book: 2014
Russian language hardback: 2020
Availability: MIT Press website, Amazon or any good bookshop

RALEIGH: PAST AND PRESENCE OF AN ICONIC BICYCLE BRAND
The most comprehensive history of Britain’s most famous cycle maker
Author: Tony Hadland
Editor: Rob Van der Plas
Publisher: Cycle Publishing/Van der Plas Publications
Hardback: 2011
Availability: out of print

CYCLISTS, CYCLING, CYCLES AND CYCLE PARTS
An anthology of writings and research
Author: Arnfried Schmitz
Edited, designed and pre-pressed by Tony Hadland
Published by Tony Hadland for Arnfried Schmitz
Softback: 2010
Availability: via the author at Gallas, Lioux, Gordes, F84220, France

CYCLE HISTORY 19
Proceedings of the 19th International Cycling History Conference, Saint-Étienne, France
Editors: Nadine Besse and Anne Henry
Contains a paper by Arnfried Schmitz on the Vector high-speed trike in the Mercedes test tunnel, edited and presented by Tony Hadland
Hardback: 2010
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales

CYCLE HISTORY 13
Proceedings of the 13th International Cycling History Conference, Muenster, Germany
Editors: Andrew Ritchie and Nick Clayton
Contains a paper by Arnfried Schmitz on the rise and fall of Ideale, edited and presented by Tony Hadland
Hardback: 2003
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales or Cycle Publishing/Van der Plas Publications

A LIFETIME IN ENGINEERING
Illustrated transcript of an interview with Alex Moulton by John Pinkerton
Edited transcript: Tony Hadland

Publisher: LIT Verlag
Pocket paperback: 2007
Availability: LIT Verlag

SUNBEAM CYCLES
History of one of Britain’s best cycle makers
Authors: John Pinkerton and Derek Roberts
Contributions from Scotford Lawrence and Tony Hadland
Edited, designed and pre-pressed by Tony Hadland
Publisher: Pinkerton Press
Hardback: 2002
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales 

CYCLE HISTORY 11
Proceedings of the 11th International Cycling History Conference, Osaka, Japan
Editors: Andrew Ritchie and Rob van der Plas
Contains a paper by Tony Hadland on Raleigh UK in the late 20th century
Hardback: 2001
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales or Cycle Publishing/Van der Plas Publications

GLIMPSES OF A VICTORIAN HERO
The life and adventures of explorer and intelligence officer Captain William Gill
Edited and pre-pressed by Tony Hadland
Softback: 2001, reprinted 2014 and 2016
Availability: out of print

BICYCLE DESIGN: TOWARDS THE PERFECT MACHINE
A non-mathematical explanation of bicycle science, by the creator of Chris Boardman’s Olympic machine
Author: Mike Burrows
Editor and contributor: Tony Hadland
First edition (softback), Company of Cyclists: 2000, reprinted 2001
Second edition (softback), Pedal Press: 2004
Third edition (softback), Snowbooks Cyclebooks, edited by Richard Ballantine: 2008
Fourth edition (softback), Snowbooks: 2015
Availability: Amazon or any good bookshop (being reprinted as at September 2019)

THE DANCING CHAIN
History and development of the derailleur bicycle
First edition (hardback): 2000
Authors: Frank Berto, Ron Shepherd and Raymond Henry
Contributions from Tony Hadland and Walter Ulreich
Publisher: Cycle Publishing/Van der Plas Publications
Second edition (hardback): 2004
Author: Frank Berto
Contributions from Ron Shepherd, Raymond Henry, Walter Ulreich, Tony Hadland and Gordon Selby.
Third edition (hardback): 2009
Author: Frank Berto
Contributions from Tony Hadland, Jan Heine, Raymond Henry, Gordon Selby, Ron Shepherd and Walter Ulreich
Availability of third edition: out of print

ENCYCLEOPEDIA 2001
Annual guide to alternatives in cycling
Editors: Peter Eland and Dan Joyce
Editorial team: The editors plus Jim McGurn, Tony Hadland, Simon Levermore and Hannes Neupert
Softback: 2000
Availability: out of print

HUMAN POWER
Arnfried Schmitz’s story of his involvement with streamlined Human Powered Vehicles and their evolution through the 20th century
Author: Arnfried Schmitz
Edited, designed and pre-pressed by Tony Hadland
Published by Tony Hadland for Arnfried Schmitz
Softback: 2000
Russian edition (softback): 2007
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales, British Human Power Club or via the author at Gallas, Lioux, Gordes, F84220, France

STAYING LEGAL
A guide to issues and practice for users and publishers of electronic resources
Editor: Chris Armstrong
Chapter on information security by Tony Hadland
Publisher: Library Association
Hardback: 1999
Availability: out of print

A HISTORY OF ROVER CYCLES
The story of the brand that grew from the classic early safety bicycle
Authors: John Pinkerton and Derek Roberts
Chapter on Land Rover cycles by Tony Hadland
Pinkerton Press
Hardback: 1998
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales

IT’S IN THE BAG!
Outline history of portable cycles in the UK
Authors: Tony Hadland and John Pinkerton
Pinkerton Press
Hardback: 1996
Spiral-bound: 1996
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales

BRANCH DESIGN FOR THE 21st CENTURY
New directions in bank design
Edited by D. Kaine Stankovich
Chapter by Tony Hadland
Publisher: Lafferty Publications
Softback: 1994
Availability: out of print

THE SPACEFRAME MOULTONS
Technical history of the later Moulton bicycles, principally those models launched between 1983 and 1994
Author: Tony Hadland
First edition (hardback, published by Hadland Books): 1994 (out of print)
Second edition (hardback, published by LIT Verlag): 2009
Pocket edition (softback, published by LIT Verlag): 2009
Availability: Second and pocket editions available via Amazon or from  LIT Verlag

THAMES VALLEY PAPISTS: FROM REFORMATION TO EMANCIPATION
The clandestine survival of Roman Catholicism in Berkshire and southern Oxfordshire 
Author: Tony Hadland
First edition (hardback), Hadland Books: 1992 (out of print)
Second edition (softback), Mapledurham Trust: 2004
Current reprint by Hadland Books, 2019
Availability: any good bookshop or from this blog

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
New perspectives for the construction professional
Editors: Peter Barrett and Rod Males
Chapter on information management by Tony Hadland
Publisher: Routledge
Hardback: 1991, 2004
E-book: 2002
Availability: Amazon or via Routledge

THE STURMEY-ARCHER STORY
Technical history of Sturmey-Archer bicycle gears
Author: Tony Hadland
Publisher: Pinkerton Press
Hardback: 1987 (out of print)
Softback: 1987
Availability: Veteran-Cycle Club book sales

THE F-FRAME MOULTONS
Technical history of the original F-frame Moultons
Author: Tony Hadland
Originally published in 1981 as THE MOULTON BICYCLE
First edition (staple-bound white cover), published by Tony Hadland: 1981, reprinted same year (out of print)
Second edition (softback blue cover), published by Pinkerton Press: 1982, reprinted 1986, 1991, 1994 (out of print)
Hardback version of second edition, published by Hadland Books: 2000 (out of print)
Republished in hardback and pocket softback editions by LIT Verlag as THE F-FRAME MOULTONS with new introductory chapter by Michael Woolf: 2014
Availability: Amazon or LIT Verlag

Improved navigation

The new clearer graphical style of this blog, adopted in September 2019, also brings greatly improved navigation for users of smartphones: there is now an easily accessible topic menu on the start page. Also, the adverts have been banished. I hope this proves helpful.

Tony Hadland

Alan Reed, RIP

I am sad to report that ex-Raleigh employee Alan Reed died recently following a fall. He started working for the company straight from school in 1943 and I had the great pleasure of meeting him about 10 years ago, when I was researching my book Raleigh: past and presence of an iconic bicycle brand. His reminiscences and several photos that he provided feature in that volume. He also appears briefly in the oft-repeated BBC4 documentary about Raleigh entitled Pedalling Dreams, which was produced by Testimony Films. My wife and I regularly exchanged Christmas cards with Alan and his wife Sheila, who survives him. Shelia’s uncle was Lord Mayor of Nottingham and accompanied Viscount Montgomery at the opening of Raleigh’s No. 2 factory in 1957.

Alan started at Raleigh when he was just 14 years old and two years later he was reaming out the bottom brackets of military folding bicycles. He later worked in the export department for some years and spent the rest of his working life in various roles as part of ‘the Raleigh family’. His enthusiasm and pride in his work was striking. He was particularly proud of meeting distinguished visitors to the factory: he met Princess Margaret when she visited in 1976 and chatted with Prince Charles during a works visit three years later.

Alan’s daughter Jane Alsop tells me that the funeral service will be held on Monday the 16th September 2019 at 12:30 at the Trent Valley Crematorium, Derby Road, Aston-on-Trent, Derby, DE72 2AF. This will be followed by a wake at the Harrington Arms, 392 Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3AU.

Donations, if desired, should be made to either Blind Veterans UK or Children’s Air Ambulance will be collected on the day or can be forwarded to the funeral directors. All enquiries to Kinton and Daughter, Family Funeral Directors, Castle Donington, 01332 390861.

It was a pleasure knowing Alan and we offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Tony Hadland

David Gordon Wilson, RIP

David Gordon Wilson, one of the most inspirational writers on cycle technology, died 2 May 2019. Although best known in the cycling world as the author of the influential book Bicycling Science and as the father of the modern recumbent bicycle, he was deeply involved in other areas of engineering, including turbine design. David held some 60 patents and designed the pump used in the world’s first artificial heart. He was also greatly concerned with matters of public health and ecology, proposing an early fossil-fuel tax and actively campaigning against smoking.

Born in Warwickshire, England in 1928, David lived most of his life in Massachusetts, USA, where he became a professor emeritus at MIT. He was a great inspiration to me, ever since I read the first edition of Bicycling Science, published in 1978. Shortly before his death, David finished the fourth edition, to be published by MIT Press in 2020.

I never met him but we corresponded occasionally and he was always happy to share his knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm. He was particularly supportive when Professor Hans-Erhard Lessing and I were working on Bicycle Design: an illustrated history, a companion volume to his Bicycling Science.

For the Boston Globe’s obituary of this great man, click on this link: David Gordon Wilson, MIT professor and father of modern recumbent bicycles, dies at 91 – The Boston Globe

Who was Dr John More?

An essay by Richard H. Turner – July 2018

John More, a Catholic recusant physician, has been a footnote figure – having left behind almost no writings of his own, a somewhat shadowy bit-part player on the early Stuart public stage. This essay draws on contemporary national, local, ecclesiastical, medical and family records, as well as subsequent historical and biographical material, to establish his contribution to the social, political and economic context of his times. Again and again paradox is encountered, exemplifying Shakespeare’s observation that – in the seventeenth century at any rate – ‘one man in his time plays many parts’. Underlying Dr More’s activities and aspirations can be detected ambition to advance both his religion and his kin. Consequently he and his heirs became involved, over three generations, in numerous and contrasting fields of action – medicine, politics, commerce, military service, the Church, landholding. As with all human endeavour, the actual outcomes reflect the impact of unforeseeable events, social change, personal foibles, and mere chance. Part 2 of this essay examines this working out of his legacy – both religious and material – by his heirs, in search of a fuller answer to the question Who was Dr John More?


This is a comprehensive essay in two parts, with extensive appendices and endnotes. It is presented in the form of 20 PDF files, accessible from the menu below. Each PDF will open in a separate tab, so that the reader may easily toggle between two or more files.

Author’s Note
Prefatory Comments
Article Contents

Part 1 – a Multifaceted Career
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Appendix 5

Part 2 – Who was Dr John More?
Appendix 6
Appendix 7
Appendix 8
Appendix 9
Appendix 10
Appendix 11

MORE of Thelwall and Kirklington
Descendants of VAUDREY of Riddings and Bank
Descendants of WHITMORE of Thursaston
MORE and related families

The author, Richard H. Turner, may be contacted directly at kirklington@yahoo.com