Balham CC takes on 21st century sportive and 120-year-old club ride for a 3,500 mile day to remember


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

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Heritage in the Community: Balham Cycling Club at the The Cyclist Balham Pub


Building up our collection of memorabilia we felt strongly that it should be shared with the neighbourhood, rather than stuck in a loft, a club house or borough archive.
This resonated with the guys at ‘The Cyclist’ Pub and we’re proud to share some of our favourite treasures with you at Balham’s newest hostelry Continue reading Heritage in the Community: Balham Cycling Club at the The Cyclist Balham Pub

The King’s Jester and the Balham Motor and Cycle Works


We’ve just got our hands on an old photograph of Balham High Road showing the The Dan Leno Motor and Cycle Works. With Dan Leno featuring in The Limehouse Golem, one of the major films of the year, we thought it timely to investigate the connection between Balham, Leno and Cycling and the story behind the shop that carried his name. Continue reading The King’s Jester and the Balham Motor and Cycle Works

Arab Springs and Rational Jackets: South London cycling in 1884 (Part 1)


This month, we explore the South London Diaries series for the first time since the blog on June 2016.

What are they all about? Well, a 19th century South London cyclist has set a 21st century Strava challenge. He didn’t know it at the time, but when our Victorian trailblazer was writing about rides and times in his diaries for 1884 and 1885, he was chronicling some of the earliest ‘personal bests’ in London on record. Continue reading Arab Springs and Rational Jackets: South London cycling in 1884 (Part 1)

21 years of momentoes, photos and memoirs presented to Club by family of former secretary


Cheryl Button, the daughter of former Balham Cycling Club (BCC) secretary Ken Smith, was in London in November and she had a surprise gift for the soon to be relaunched club. Ken was a member of the BCC between 1936 and 1957 and before his death in 2013, compiled a scrapbook of his most treasured club mementoes and photos. It also included his memoirs spanning 21 years of life as a South London cyclist. Continue reading 21 years of momentoes, photos and memoirs presented to Club by family of former secretary

Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record


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

Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past


A former club member shares some fantastic mementoes from his time with Balham CC. Highlights include a Diamond Jubilee Dinner menu with the history of the club from 1897 to 1957; 7 copies of the club newsletter The Balham CC Gazette from 1949; the 1949 club handbook and some great photos. Here’s our top 6 new facts gleaned from this latest treasure trove. Continue reading Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past