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Homepage. This page: A leaflet describing the range of Bowden cables that were available for cyclists.

Bowden cables.

Although many vintage and classic cars also featured Bowden cables within them, this particular leaflet (dating to the 1940s or 1950s) is aimed at cyclists, and bicycle builders. Despite this primarily being a website concerned with matters on four wheels, there is a small section for classic bicycles, and several owners of older cars that I know also have at least one bicycle hanging up in their garage.
A leaflet for Bowden cables
The cover reminds the reader that Bowden (Engineers) Limited were "The original patentees and makers of flexible wire control mechanisms". Cables were available in either black or silver, and the following patterns of cycle cable are covered in this publication:
  • Standard centre pull
  • Standard centre pull with barrel nipple
  • Standard side pull
  • Standard side pull with barrel nipple
  • Raleigh pattern
  • Hercules pattern
  • Webb pattern
  • Sturmey-Archer pattern (2 types)
  • G.B. - Burlite pattern
  • Phillips Vox Populi pattern
  • Monitor Climax pattern
  • BSA pattern
Spare parts, such as ferrules, adaptors, shackles and pins could also be supplied.
Anyone restoring a vintage bicycle may well find the following scans of use, they show diagrams of all the above cable patterns and quote the part numbers that appertained to them. Scan 1, Scan 2, Scan 3.
More period items relating to old vehicles can be found in the Motoring Collectibles section of oldclassiccar.co.uk

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