Re: [CR] Pic of the Day - V�lodyne


Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 06:45:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brian Booth <swiftybjb@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR] Pic of the Day - V�lodyne
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


Marcel Berthet's beautiful "Vélodyne No.01", built by the Avions Caudron (Caudron Airplane Company). Photo taken at the Parc des Princes (Paris) on September 9th, 1933, when Berthet covered a record 48.604 kms in one hour. From "Le Miroir des Sports" No.914, 20 October 1936.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/aldoross/pd/Velodyne.JPG.html

Aldo Ross Middletown, Ohio, USA

I'm surprised that Berthet only covered 48.604kms with this amount of streamlining, perhaps he was under geared! With a big enough gear I would expect 60kms on this contraption.

Also, perhaps this bike was the inspiration for the SPUTNIK bike, built by Johnny Berry and raced at Fallowfield in the late 50's/early 60's (photos of the Sputnik can be found on the Manchester Wheelers page at http://www.wheelers.org under the club history page)

Brian Booth
Toronto, Ontario, Canada