Moulton Mopeds

Nearly 30 years ago, in my book The Moulton Bicycle (aka the ‘Blue Book’), I mentioned a Moulton moped. (See pages 97  and 116.) Now, you can read more about this – and see pictures, in colour! The first episode of a two-part article appears in the latest issue of Buzzing (Volume 29, Number 2, Issue 158, April 2010).

Buzzing is the journal of the National Autocycle & Cyclemotor Club and very good it is, too. In the popular and pocketable A5 format, Issue 158 is 48 pages long and makes extensive use of colour. The Moulton moped article, by editor David Beare, is four pages long and includes six photos and two line drawings.

For further information about how to lay your hands on a copy, email David at buzzing@abermule.com

Tony

Arnfried Schmitz’s new book

On 9 April 2010, Arnfried Schmitz’s new book was published. The title is Cyclists, Cycling, Cycles & Cycle Parts (CCC&C for short) and it’s a fascinating anthology of writings and research. In the popular A5 format paperback, it has 159 pages and a huge number of illustrations, many in colour. The bookshop price is £16.95. However, if you buy the book from me, the price is hugely discounted to just £11.95. Postage and packing is £1.95 for the UK, £3.95 for Europe and £5.95 for the rest of the world.

Cover of Arnfried Schmitz's new book
Arnfried Schmitz’s new book was published on 9 April 2010

To give an idea of the topics covered, here are the chapter headings:

  • Foreword
  • The Many Facets of Aerobike Pioneer Marcel Berthet
  • Berthet, Egg & the Record of Records
  • The Rise and Fall of Idéale
  • Georges Mochet, HPV pioneer
  • Vélocar Road Racing in the 1930s
  • Typology of the Mochet Recumbents
  • Foray for Faure
  • The UCI Ban
  • A Personal View on Racing Derailleurs
  • The Vector High-Speed Trike in the Mercedes Wind Tunnel, 1986
  • One Man Show
  • Vélocar Variations
  • Kinetic Gossip of an Old Roadie
  • A footnote on Mike Burrows and the Lotus Sport
  • The Exotic Sergei Dachewski
  • About Arnfried Schmitz
  • Index

My role was to edit the book, design and pre-press it. Here’s a bit about Arnfried Schmitz and how I came to work with him:

About the author

Arnfried Schmitz is a man who bridges time, technology and territory. As a youngster in war-torn Germany, his first velodrome was a bomb crater, his first bike a humble roadster. Decades later, as a senior citizen, he built his own ‘garden’ velodrome, at home in the peaceful countryside of southern France. There he keeps many interesting machines, including a rare copy of the Vector HPV.

Between his two starkly contrasting velodrome experiences, the world has changed amazingly, and so too has Arnfried Schmitz. As a young man, he served a three- year apprenticeship in metalworking. This put new skills into his hands and rational thinking into his mind. He then worked for a while in naval architecture, in Germany, the Netherlands and France. Along the way, he learned English, Dutch and French. Captivated by Provence, he became a French citizen, built his own house, herded goats and successfully raised a family with his charming wife Gisela.

He meanwhile spent many hours collecting, riding and building bicycles (including recumbents and streamlined HPVs), researching cycling history and thinking about cycle technology. In pursuit of these interests, he became a friend to many in the world of cycling and cycle history, including Pierre Berthet, Georges Mochet and Wolfgang Gronen, to name but three. His contacts span Europe, from Russia to England.

It was John Pinkerton, that great catalyst of cycle history, who introduced me to Arnfried Schmitz. Arnfried was looking for a collaborator to work on his book Human Power – the forgotten energy. At the time, I was very busy with other projects and was not particularly interested in recumbent history. But, thanks to Pinky’s persuasive powers, Arnfried and I started working together and it proved a fruitful and enjoyable collaboration for both of us. It was also the start of a great friendship. As an added bonus, recumbent history turned out to be rather interesting.

This eclectic anthology of Arnfried’s writing casts fascinating light on many aspects of cycling and cycle history, from the everyday to the exotic. In reading these chapters, you will learn not only about cyclists, cycling, cycles and cycle parts, but also much about a remarkable man, my good friend Arnfried Schmitz. Still thinking, still riding, and, despite the recumbents, not a man to take life lying down.

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If you’d like a copy of the book,  I accept cheques in GB pounds drawn on UK banks – send to Tony Hadland, 4 Barcote Cottages, Buckland, FARINGDON SN7 8PP, United Kingdom. Or you can pay by credit or debit card via PayPal – email me at tony.hadland@gmail.com

Tony Hadland