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The Royal Speedwell in Lonely Lands

Old 12-16-11, 09:35 PM
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The Royal Speedwell in Lonely Lands

I'm trapped in the house recovering from some minor surgery and wistfully reading cycling adventures of yore. In 1905 Francis Birtles rode 8,000 miles across and around Australia on a Royal Speedwell:



It strikes me how much this looks like a 650b randonneur. The Australian manufactured Royal Speedwell sported 3 speeds and a freewheel. He states that he was pedaling 85 lbs, 25 of which was the bike.

Another view of the bike:



The story of his trip is here.
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I'm definately going to have a read, I pretty much only read bicycle books and biographies as it's the only thing that interests me. I live in a world of my own =D.
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Pretty cool looking old bike, isn't it? I'd love to find something like that one day.
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Hey thanks for the link. I've read to chapter 10 and it pretty interesting.
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Loaded the book to my iPad this morning and began to read...boy, was touring ever DIFFERENT back in the day!
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Originally Posted by Paramount1973 View Post

It strikes me how much this looks like a 650b randonneur.
Randonneuse. Cool pics. Thanks for sharing.
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Ohh nice link!!!!!
They have Fred Birchmore's around the world by bicycle as well. He just turned 100 Nov 29 and still doing well.

http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL457...rchmore_Fred_A.

More about Fred (his bike is in the Smithsonian)
http://www.athensmove.com/life/life-...red-birchmore/
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Loaded the book to my iPad this morning and began to read...boy, was touring ever DIFFERENT back in the day!
Yeah, very different. I wonder how many bike touristas pack a rifle these days.
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