BACKPEDAL: Balham CC and the 1904 UCI Track World Championships


The 1904 World Track Championships are worthy of these pages thanks to two Balham greats. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Balham CC and the 1904 UCI Track World Championships

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From History Blog to Cycling Club: 2017 in Review


If 2016 was the year of thumbing through vintage cycling annuals and resurrecting the Balham CC story, then 2017 was the year of the ride. The year a niche cycling blog morphed into a cycling club. Here’s our year in review. Continue reading From History Blog to Cycling Club: 2017 in Review

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)