Cy­cling 15 May, 1971

Er­gome­ters in­ves­ti­gated as our Phil gets a new job

Cycling Weekly - - FROM THE ARCHIVE -

The birth of the turbo trainer, or smart bike, could be traced back to this is­sue as Ed­die Cook takes a look at the bi­cy­cle er­gome­ter and its use­ful­ness for cy­clists. In­door rid­ing was noth­ing new, as roller racing was huge in the 1950s when rid­ers like Reg Har­ris raced in front of mas­sive crowds while clubs would reg­u­larly host events in clu­b­rooms through the win­ter. But turbo train­ers were un­heard of.

The er­gome­ter was usu­ally found in lab­o­ra­to­ries, hos­pi­tals and health clubs and was de­signed to be “used pri­mar­ily in three ways: as an aid to ath­letic devel­op­ment, as med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus in the treat­ment of hos­pi­tal pa­tients and as a mea­sur­ing de­vice for re­search.”

Cook’s ar­ti­cle fea­tured an im­age of racing man Brian Jolly at­tached to some heavy look­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and sur­rounded by men in suits and white coats dur­ing a test at Lough­bor­ough. “As a train­ing aid, the er­gome­ter may suf­fer in com­par­i­son with rollers as they al­low the cy­clist to sim­u­late ac­tual rid­ing,” Cook explained.

He goes on to write that er­gome­ters can most of­ten be found in health clubs where, ‘mem­bers use them to loosen up the near dor­mant car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory sys­tems of some of the most over­weight and over­smoked among them.’

He looks at var­i­ous mod­els, many at this time were built in Scan­danavia. Re­tailer ex­traor­di­naire Ron Kitch­ing listed 10 mod­els in his cat­a­logue, rang­ing from £18.61 to £141.

This is­sue also cel­e­brated staff writer Phil Liggett get­ting the job as or­gan­iser of the Milk Race. ‘New Milk Man? Our Phil!’ Ran the head­line. Quite a re­spon­si­bil­ity at the age of 27. “I sup­pose you could say I’m quak­ing in my shoes, be­ing in con­trol of the big­gest amateur race in Western Europe.” Liggett said.

The ap­point­ment fol­lowed in the tra­di­tion of Tour de France or­gan­is­ers who have al­ways been jour­nal­ists. The news pages won­dered if Alf Engers quit­ting a 25m TT while in the lead was the end of his ca­reer, while Ir­ish trail­blazer Shay El­liott was re­mem­bered in a big fea­ture written by Phil Liggett.

The is­sue fea­tured an ex­tended obit­u­ary for Ir­ish pro trail­blazer Shay El­liott

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