Balham Cycling Club was born in 1897 at the back end of a bicycle boom. Whatever you did, whatever your social standing, in 1897 the bike had something for everyone and everyone wanted in. In this blog we take a look at cycling during the time of Balham CCs formation, both nationally and through the prism of the South London cycling scene Continue reading Balham CC, South London and the 19th century bicycle boom
This is the story of Tarver and Bowley, a Balham based bicycle manufacturer, best known for an extraordinary looking bike with spokes made of piano wire. Continue reading Piano wire plays part in Balham maker’s unique bike design
Balham CC teamed up with the Balham Society at the Lambeth Heritage Festival to share the story of cycling in Balham and the Hyde Farm cycling track. Continue reading Balham CC join heritage festival for Lambeth walk
A big day for Balham CC as as we took part in the Prudential RideLondon 100 Sportive and a Club Ride inspired by a reference to a BCC jaunt in 1899. Continue reading Balham CC takes on 21st century sportive and 120-year-old club ride for a 3,500 mile day to remember
We know from previous finds that George Huntley founded the club in 1897 and the Balham Hotel (now The Regent) was used as the club HQ from 1897 until 1926. Now, fresh research shows a man seemingly destined for the pub trade, well established in the Masonic lodges of South London and who had links to another legendary London sports club still going today. Continue reading The Publican, Harrier and Worshipful Master: An introduction to Balham CC founder George Huntley
If cycling history is your thing then you’ll understand why at BCC Towers we got very excited seeing the names of WJ Pett, HW Bartleet and JCP Tacagni in a recently obtained 1932 Club Handbook. All three were major players in cycling at the turn of the 20th century and all three are listed as club vice-presidents. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast
Our hunt to piece together the story of the Balham CC Club Championships has led us to our oldest and most intriguing find yet. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: 1899 Club Championship re-run at Crystal Palace after dispute
Four and a half months on from the club heading out on its first ride, the first kit has been ordered and is in production.
The new kit is inspired by the club’s jersey designs of the 1940s and 50s and incorporates the original logo on the family photograph that started this whole project in November 2015. Continue reading Kit inspired by club’s heritage launched for the summer
In 1908 former Balham CC club amateur turned professional AE Wills broke the coveted motor-paced distance record of 60miles in an hour.
“I almost shudder when I think of my experience in that hour. I was like a man mesmerized, my actions being automatic. The vibration and rapid pedaling seemed to take all the life out of me”.
Here’s his story. Continue reading Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record
Here’s the 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu. It includes an overview of the Club’s first 60 years, which is reproduced in full. A fantastic find in a quest to tell the story of the once famous cycling club. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957