|Frame:||Seat and chain
stays, fork and steerer - Reynolds 531 butted tubes.
Head, top, seat and bottom bracket tubes - 4130 Chrome-molybdenum.
Drop-outs - Vertical, SUN TOUR EF130.
Seat tracks - Stainless steel.
Finish - Epoxy primer with black Du Pont IMERON top coat.
|Bottom bracket height:||12.5" off ground|
|Seat:||Tubular frame -
6061-T6 and 2024-T3 anodized alloy, removable and foldable without tools.
Covering - Stitched leather with nylon mesh insert, adjustable with rear tension straps
|Height:||24" off ground|
|Handlebar:||6061-T6 anodized alloy|
|Steering rod:||2024-T3 anodized alloy|
|Headset:||SUN TOUR "Superbe" black|
|Wheels:||Front - WEINMANN
101A alloy clincher 16" x 13/8" rim with AVOCET Model II Q.R. low-flange
hub and DT stainless steel spokes.
Rear - WEINMANN 124A alloy clincher 27" x 11/4" rim with AVOCET Model II Q.R. low-flange hub and DT stainless steel spokes
|Tyres:||Front -16" x 13/8",
Rear - 27" x 11/8", IRC,100 p.s.i.
|Brakes:||MAFAC H5 "Cyclo-Tandem" cantilever calipers with five-stud blocks and WEINMANN 97-W flat alloy levers|
Front derailleur - SUN TOUR "Cyclone", black.
Rear derailleur - SUN TOUR "Cyclone GT", black.
Controls - SUN TOUR "Bar-Con", black.
Chain - SUN TOUR "Ultra".
Freewheel - SUN TOUR "Ultra Seven" (13-15-17-20-23-26-30).
Cranks - T.A. "Cyclotouriste" triple chainwheels (34-49-53), 170mm crankarms
|Pedals:||SUN TOUR "Superbe", black, with reflectors and AVOCET Model III alloy toe clips and AVOCET Model III black toe straps|
|Other:||Chainguard - frame
Kickstand - ESGE alloy.
Full fenders - ESGE "chromoplastic".
Safety flag - 6' long fiberglass pole with 9" x 12" orange flag.
Reflectors - CAT-EYE, in spokes as well as on front and rear of unit.
Beacon flashing unit - AMPEC M3B60, 60 amber flashes per minute.
|Manufacturer:||FOMAC, Inc., 40 Oakdale Road, Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887, USA|
The modern diamond frame `safety' bicycle was the final outcome of an enormously varied range of design configurations produced in the later part of the 19th century. One of these was (so far as is now known) the first semi-recumbent1 bicycle, the Normal Bicyclette, made in Ghent by Challand sometime before 18952. However, the reign of the safety bicycle was already supreme by 1890; the later attempts at introducing recumbent designs were greeted with criticism and ridicule: `A crazy effort,' said Britain's "The Cyclist" of a quite viable semi-recumbent machine made by an American named Brown. In 1914 the French firm Peugeot commenced manufacture of a semi-recumbent model, but the event was eclipsed by the onset of the Great War.
One or two recumbents were made in the 1920s, but it was not until the 1930s that a series of racing semi-recumbents brought out in France and called Velocars (Horizontal Bicycles in Britain) attained tragically brief notoriety. Riding a Velocar, a relatively unknown racing cyclist, François Fauré, defeated the then World Champion, Lemoire, in a 4 km pursuit race, and also broke many track records established on conventional machines.
The International Cycling
Union, which controlled world bicycling, showed
typical bureaucratic perspicacity by greeting these events
with a total ban in organised competition
for all unconventional design types. Lost at a stroke was the incentive
for experimentation through participation in the racing arena.
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