I noticed that the rider at the front of this group (either Jules Lowie or Vervaecke, depending on whether Aldo was listing then right-to-left or vice versa) has a "mini fender" mounted over his front wheel. They are regularly deprecated and described as useless. Nevertheless, I've often seen them in race photos from this period and even on a couple of older unrestored bikes.
So the question is, when was the use of the short
fender/mudguard totally abandoned on racing bikes? Also,
considering the direction in which a tire rotates, are there
_any_ circumstances in which they served a useful purpose?
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia
> Pic of the Day
\r?\n> 25th May
\r?\n> Belgian Chase
\r?\n> (Morgan Fletcher has been kind enough to provide space on his
\r?\n> server for
\r?\n> "Pic of the Day". This should provide a steady alternative
\r?\n> for archiving
\r?\n> these pics. Thanks Morgan!)
\r?\n> Tour de France, 1935, stage 16.
\r?\n> Alarm in the Belgian team as Jules Lowie (individuel),
\r?\n> Sylvere Maes, Romain
\r?\n> Maes, and Felicien Vervaecke try to chase-down Italians
\r?\n> Ambrogio Morelli and
\r?\n> Orlando Teani.
\r?\n> >From "Le Miroir Des Sports" No840, 25 Juillet 1935.
\r?\n> Aldo Ross
\r?\n> Blue Ball, Ohio