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Jim Gill


I am very sorry to report the death of James (Jim) Gill, a kind and generous man, who was one of the greatest experts on hub gears. Jim was involved in a car accident in February and suffered brain damage. His mental and physical state declined steadily and he died on Thursday 6 May 2010.

His funeral will be on Friday 21 May. Following a private cremation, there will be a service of celebration of his life at 2.30 p.m. St Andrew’s Church, Billingborough, which he regularly attended. Afterwards, there will be a gathering for tea and light refreshments at Jim’s bungalow, 60 Pointon Road, Billingborough.

There will be family flowers only. Donations to ‘Cancer Research’, in memory of Jim’s son David, may be sent to the funeral directors: J E Severs, 23 Main Road, Little Hale, Sleaford, NG34 9BA.

As Jim’s daughter, Patricia Harding, puts it: ‘This is a sad event, but it came in the end as a release from suffering. Let us put that aside and remember his long, active life and generous spirit.’

Jim – I salute you! As an analyst of hub gears, you had no equal.

Tony Hadland


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  1. I was so sorry to hear of the death of Jim Gill, following the car accident. In 1993, my brother Michael wrote to Jim about 5 speed conversions of Sturmey Archer 4 speed hubs and Jim very kindly invited us both to his house for afternoon tea. Mike and I cycled over from Newcastle, and through the Tyne Valley. Jim and his wife had prepared a plate of cakes for us and we spent a very pleasant afternoon talking about hubs. Jim’s wife sighed “Hubs!” She’d heard it all before and must have been perplexed by Jim’s obsession with the devices. She showed us an album of photographs titled “Birth of a Garage” which showed Jim building his beautiful brick garage from scratch. It had an upstairs in the eaves, which was Jim’s workshop. After tea, Jim took us both up there and we had a look at all his equipment, lathes, grinding machines, sectioned hubs. There were hundreds of ice cream cartons with dismantled hubs in them, all cleaned, and notes on their construction. I recall a report he had just written about the shortcomings of the Five Star hub. Jim was very patient with my relative ignorance about the names of the hubs and how they worked. Mike knew all about them and they chatted away together. Jim gave me a perfect new/old stock lens for my Sturmey headlight, as the one I had was very yellow. We had a really great afternoon, then more tea and we were off, cycling back to Jesmond. I will never forget how friendly and fascinating Jim was, nor his obvious expertise. It was a great inspiration to me and I have been immersed in dismantling hubs ever since. May he rest in peace. A cycling technology hero.

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