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How a bicycle is made - 1946 - British Council Film Department Catalogue

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How a bicycle is made - 1946 - British Council Film Department Catalogue

https://film.britishcouncil.org/how-a-bicycle-is-made

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)


This film is set in the Raleigh bicycle factory which stood on Triumph Road in Nottingham. The site was demolished in 1996, and is now the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham.
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Wow! What a great film! Pay special attention to the bike the second test rider takes out for a test ride! (16:40) What a beauty! <3! This film has made me appreciate my Raleigh Sports soooooooooooooo much more! Thanks for posting dude! ;0)
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Awesome! I have it downloaded and playing on my big screen

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Lets just say while I love manufacturing processes I'm glad I don't have one of those jobs.
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good flick, I loved how the painter just sticks his hands in the paint!

it was interesting to see how the BB was stamped.

thanks for finding this for us!
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Thanks for the link. It is interesting the the seat stays are a sub assembley and are not welded to the rest of the frame 14:55.
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Thanks, I owe you one........such a swell film that I just posted the
link to the bike coop staff mailing list here........
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Originally Posted by bhchdh View Post
Thanks for the link. It is interesting the the seat stays are a sub assembley and are not welded to the rest of the frame 14:55.
That is only on the Tourist models, which were the big rod braked roadsters. I thought it was interesting that they were concentrating on that model versus a Sports type. BTW mine is a 1979 versus the 1946 models they were showing. Supposedly that particular bike was the single most produced model in the world, IIRC from around 1913? until Raleigh ceased production in 1984. Copies are still being produced today in India, China and other countries.

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Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
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Interesting that Raleigh brazed frames by dipping them into molten brazing material. I guess that's one way to do it.

Contrast with the 1950s movie about the Columbia factory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPLRF5F5SZY - Columbia cut the teeth on the chainwheel, then cut the pattern, then raised the wheel - basically the exact reverse order that Raleigh used. +many other differences.
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that is pretty cool.

where do i get bars like 16:30ish....where the second guy walks up and takes the bike? They look like moustache bars but lowered like some sort of moustache racing bar. Id love to find a set of those for my rig.
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Thought this would go down well here!

I found it posted it on the TI RALEIGH TEAM PROS
group this morning.

That really was some factory in it's heyday. You can read more about it here....

https://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/raleigh.htm
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Great video. Thanks for posting. Did you see the guy with the bearings?
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that is pretty cool.

where do i get bars like 16:30ish....where the second guy walks up and takes the bike? They look like moustache bars but lowered like some sort of moustache racing bar. Id love to find a set of those for my rig.
Probably Lauterwaser bars. SOMA Fab has them in steel and alloy.

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Probably Lauterwaser bars. SOMA Fab has them in steel and alloy.

Aaron
that appears to be them.

I need to do some measurements to see if my old grip shifters would fit these.

If not i might need to find one of those top tube 3 speed shifters. I always liked the look of those.
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I noticed that in the video the DL-1 hanging on display has the headlamp appear and disappear between conversations. Half the time the lamp bracket is empty.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you!
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Finally had time to watch. it was great, thanks for posting that.
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Good video, thank`s for sharing!
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Great film. It gives you an understanding as to why these mass produced bikes are so durable.

I wouldn't want to be the guy inhaling the cloud of vaporized chemical over the cleansing baths...wheeze
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...Or the enameler dipping his bare hands into that tub of black all day long.

I'll take the pinstriping jig and the spoke tension indicator.
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Originally Posted by old_dreams View Post
https://film.britishcouncil.org/how-a-bicycle-is-made

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)


This film is set in the Raleigh bicycle factory which stood on Triumph Road in Nottingham. The site was demolished in 1996, and is now the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham.
This is kind of fun. If you find antique industrial processes fun, that is. Which I guess says something me.

A few things:
1. It's interesting how they don't say it is the Raleigh factory in the film. You can see the heron logo a few times, though.
2.. What was going in the rust-proofing chamber? It must have been something proprietary at the time, because they were very vague about it.
3. I wouldn't have guessed that the frames were painted by dipping them, but it makes sense now that I know it.
4. Now I know why it's called a bottom bracket!
5. Man, is the dad a stiff or what? The engineer and the kid were better. No one is winning a golden globe here.
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Great movie, love the site Suckered me into watching others. I now know what happens when a guy is in a coal mining accident and how power lines are made. The "busy-industrial-serious-business" music brings back a lot of classroom movie memories. Been saying "fek-tree" a lot. As in the place where bicycles are made.
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...Or the enameler dipping his bare hands into that tub of black all day long.

I'll take the pinstriping jig and the spoke tension indicator.


Pinstriping is for women.




apparently
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Pinstriping is for women.
...and they loves them some shoppin'! That's why they get the baskets.
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Great video! Many thanks.



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...Been saying "fek-tree" a lot. As in the place where bicycles are made.
LOL now you've got me doing it.
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