In my small collection of vintage bike bits are two analogue cyclometers made by Lucas of England and passed on to me many years ago by my grandfather. I am not sure of the exact vintage, but they would have to be at least 45 – 50 years old, and probably older. They are odometers with readings in “miles” not kilometres of course, and no re-settable trip meter either!
Beautifully made in metal, one is geared for the 28″ (642mm) wheel size and the other is 26″ (c.590mm imperial – not 559mm decimal ). They mount on the front axle and are operated by a spoke mounted striker hitting the star wheel each revolution in much the same layout mechanically as our current cycle computers use a rotating “sensor” to operate electronically.
It’s easy to forget that there have been many such bicycle accessories made before today’s electronics – my old Speedwell had a 40mph analogue speedometer that was stolen one day when the bike was left at the beach – for no useful reason, as they did not take the axle gearbox and cable – some things never change!
The 28″ model has been used, as I had it on the Speedwell for a while, but as that bike was converted from 28″ it would no longer have been accurate. I could fit it to the restored Malvern Star though – we shall see.
This post has been a good test for my new point and shoot camera on “macro”, a welcome upgrade from the now broken old one-mega-pixie handycam I was using!
It’s a long shot, but I wonder if that #1152 somehow refers to the year 1952 ?