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News about the Sturmey-Archer Story supplement


It’s amazing to think that 28 years have passed since my book The Sturmey-Archer Story was published. You can still buy it from the Veteran-Cycle Club’s sales officer (email: or from Dorothy Pinkerton (telephone: +44 (0)121 350 0685). Remarkably, the price has hardly changed, despite decades of inflation.

Whether you are a new purchaser of the book or bought it years ago, don’t forget to read the free supplement. It contains a host of information, some of which is not available elsewhere:

  • Product developments by Sturmey-Archer and its competitors in the period between publication of the book and the closure of Sturmey-Archer’s British operations.
  • How Sturmey-Archer ceased to be a British company and became Taiwanese.
  • The auctioneer’s detailed list of Sturmey-Archer plant sold off when the British factory closed.
  • Additional information about the period covered by the book.
  • Corrections.

The supplement is available free of charge on this website by clicking on the Cycling tab above and following the drop-down link to Gears. But if you want a printer-friendly version, so that you can print out a tidy 26-page A4 version, click here: S-A Story supplement

You can also save the supplement as a PDF file to read on your desktop computer, tablet or phone by right-clicking the link above and ‘saving link as’.



From → Cycling, Gears

  1. David Richardson permalink

    Hello Tony,

    You probably will not remember me, but we met a few times back in the mid-80’s when I was working at the Met Office College at Shinfield Park – Moulton related of course.

    Sadly I never got around to buying the S-A book, it was always on the “to get” list. I see someone in the USA chancing £350 plus postage??!! I wouldn’t have parted with it anyway, so it is priceless, and I might just seek out a copy now.

    I do still have my signed copy (no. 80) of your “the Moulton bicycle” and I won’t be parting with that either.

    All the very best to you


    • Hi Dave,
      Good to hear from you again – how the years fly by!
      All the best,

  2. jlberger permalink

    Dear Tony,

    Thanks so much for this, it will go well with my much-valued copy of the original book!


    Jim Berger

    Auckland, New Zealand

  3. Dave Piggott permalink

    hi Tony

    I have had your book on Sturmey Archer for about 20 years and it has been extremely useful over the years as well as being very interesting as is the supplement that I printed out earlier this year. I have a question, I bought a Peugeot ladies bike in Belgium in July, it is dated about 1905-1910 and has a 3 speed hub that is completely unmarked, but is like the early Sturmey Archer model that drops into low gear if the cable brakes. Funny though the drive is inch pitch and the round 3 speed changer is marked Terrot. Any ideas as to who might have made it.

    Dave Piggott

    • Hi Dave,
      Many thanks for your message and I’m delighted that you’ve found the book and supplement useful. Terrot of Dijon was arguably the most innovative French bicycle gear maker of the Edwardian era. They also made bicycles, motorcycles and cars. Terrot bought the rights to the 1899 British-designed Hodgkinson’s Gradient derailleur and developed their own derailleurs and double-chain gears. They made their own 2-speed hub and sold/fitted Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hubs, although they seem merely to have described them as “English 3-speed hubs” without naming the maker. (See this page from a 1914 Terrot catalogue: The very first S-A hubs were unmarked except for a serial number, which might have been left off at Terrot’s request. It may also be the case that later hubs supplied by S-A to Terrot were deliberately unmarked at Terrot’s request.
      There’s some interesting information about Terrot’s gear-making activities in Chapter 5 of The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto.

      • Dave Piggott permalink

        Hi Tony

        Many thanks for your prompt reply, I was bought ‘The Dancing Chain’ recently but have not got round to reading it yet, but will do as soon as possible and thanks for the link to the Terot page.



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