Re: [CR]Ron Kitching passes away...

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 22:27:06 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Ron Kitching passes away...

This is sad,

This man and his "Everything Cycling Book" gave lots of good advice that I still enjoy today through articles by him and experts of the day.

Who could forget advice like this..... Tom Simpson helped me personally when saddle sores plagued me; cocaine laced baby powder in you chammy makes the miles just float by.

He was a fine gentleman too, his glasses were ahead of his time too.

Gilbert Anderson @ North Road Raleigh, NC USA

In a message dated 12/17/01 1:46:16 PM, writes:

<< This is from the British bike e-mail list and will be of interest to the CR


Trade legend dies

from - 17 Dec

Ron Kitching died in hospital this morning. The octogenerian was one of

the post-War shapers of the UK cycle trade, importing exotic bike parts

from Europe, and later Japan

Ron Kitching was also one of the co-founders of the CTC's York Rally and

was a key figure in the British bike trade from the late 1940s through

to the early 1990s.

He sold - and resold - Ron Kitching Ltd and this later transformed into

Zyro Ltd, with no links with Kitching.

A keen long-distance cyclist, he had started out with a bike shop in

Harrogate and went on to create a distribution business that was the

Madison of its day. The Ron Kitching annual catalogue - Everything

Cycling - was the kit bible of the day and contained most of the world's

most desirable bike brands.

In 1955 Everything Cycling (with a pic of Ron Kit himself on the cover)

was chocka with 1955 Bartali brake levers, Duprat hollow cranks, VIT

bottles and cages, Beborex brakes, TA Specialities, AVA bars and stems,

Idéale saddles, Huret derailleurs, REG alloy bottles and cages, Cinelli

steel bars and stems, Campagnolo groupsets, Fiammi rims, JOS dynamo

lamps, and André Bertin frames.

In 1979 Everything Cycling had kit from Philippe, Bullseye, Vitus, Zeus,

VAR, T.A., Bocama, REG, 3 t.t.t., Cinelli, Mafac, Ideale, SunTour, and


A full obituary will be included in the January issue of

BicycleBusiness. This will be written by Mike Breckon of the National

Byway who wrote an authorized biography of Ron Kitching (A wheel in Wwo

Worlds, 1993). A consumer version of this obituary will appear in next

week's Cycling Weekly.

No funeral details have yet to be announced. The funeral is being

handled by Ron Kitching's solicitors, the executors of his will. It is

expected there will be a private funeral and a post-Christmas memorial



~ Pete Biggs London, UK

Dale Brown

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