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
We explore the South London Diaries series for the first time in nearly three years. Includes an insight into the Matchless bicycle and the Bicycle and Tricycle Supply Association Continue reading The Matchless experience: South London cycling in 1884 (Part 2)
So that was 2019. Some lovely rides, some hugely enjoyable nights out and lots more in-between. Here are the highlights from our third year in the red, white and black. Continue reading BCC On-road and off-road: 2019 Year In Review
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
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 Cyclist Balham Pub
You’re not really a sports club until you have your first quiz night. So we’ve had one!
It included a round of questions on Balham. Think you would have done well? Well test yourself… Continue reading BCC Quiz Night: How Balham are you?
A few BCC’ers headed to the Wandsworth Town Hall Civic Suite for nibbles with the mayor as the club was shortlisted for Club/Organisation of the year at the Active Wandsworth Awards. Continue reading Balham CC shortlisted for Active Wandsworth Award
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
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)