Re: [CR]Re: Ambrosio stem and aluminium parts


Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 20:47:37 +0100
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Ambrosio stem and aluminium parts
From: Hilary Stone <hilary.stone@blueyonder.co.uk>
To: <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <3F6CA827.751CC64E@earthlink.net>


Reynolds made aluminium stems and bars from 1935 onwards - these were available anodised in colours as well as polished. AVA also offered aluminium bars and stems I think from c1937 onwards. Caminargent also offered aluminium stems pre-war. Aluminium components were made far earlier than many realise - Roman aluminium rims were made for Sunbeam and Rudge bikes from about 1907. These continued to be made into the 1920s. Chater-Lea offered a range of aluminium components in 1927/8 - hubs and cranks - they did not last long in the catalogue just a year or so - I think they must have been really quite unreliable. Constictor offered aluminium brakes by the mid 30s and Ambra Superga parts - brakes, pedals etc were offered at a similar time.

Hilary Stone, Bristol, England