Veeder Cy­clome­ter

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - VINTAGE VELO -

Be­fore the bi­cy­cle com­puter, there was the cy­clome­ter for keep­ing track of mileage logged on a bike. The me­chan­i­cal odome­ter for cy­clists was com­mon by the 1930s, and stuck around un­til things started go­ing dig­i­tal in the early ’80s. Mike Barry Sr. has a few cy­clome­ters in his col­lec­tion, such as the King of the Road by Lucas (also the name of a bi­cy­cle lamp by the same man­u­fac­turer), a pul­ley-driven unit by Huret and a Veeder. “The Veeder ones were re­ally good-qual­ity,” he said.

Veeder was a Hart­ford, Conn.-based com­pany. The cy­clome­ter pic­tured has a fairly sim­ple de­sign. It at­taches near the hub and re­quires an­other piece that is af­fixed to a spoke. As the spoke piece comes around, it ticks over a small wheel on the side of the cy­clome­ter. The num­ber dis­played on this Veeder rep­re­sents miles, not kilo­me­tres.

The com­pany pro­duced var­i­ous mod­els of cy­clome­ter, in­clud­ing the Trip, which could keep track of the to­tal miles logged on a bike, as well as those rid­den each ride via a tripome­ter that could be re­set. An old ad by Veeder reads: “The Cy­clist with­out a Cy­clome­ter is al­most as much ‘at sea’ as the ship with­out a log. It gives ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion of dis­tance trav­eled that is al­ways use­ful and of­ten of vi­tal im­por­tance; be­sides the con­stant sat­is­fac­tion that ev­ery rider finds in read­ing the ex­act record of his cy­cling achieve­ments.” Sounds a bit like Strava, but ana­log.— MP

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