Bi­cy­cle in­dus­try once thrived in city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, After read­ing the de­tails of the Lord Mayor’s sug­ges­tion to in­tro­duce bikes made in Ger­many for the City of Birm­ing­ham, I thought there would be a flurry of let­ters.

Birm­ing­ham was the cen­tre of bi­cy­cle con­struc­tion and devel­op­ment, and Her­cules in As­ton was the largest sup­plier for sev­eral years, to­gether with BSA, Sun Cy­cles and Dawes. No doubt there were also oth­ers. I am sure we still have the abil­ity to pro­duce such a bike in this area.

There was also a tie-up with TI Raleigh, Tube In­vest­ments and Brooks sad­dles, also var­i­ous chain wheel and crank pro­duc­ers. In those days, we also had Dun­lop tyres. So much for the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the West Mid­lands. Trevor Degge, by email

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