King of the Mountains bike
The bike shown has a fine finish and seeing it "live" in the Bradford Industrial Museum gives an eerie feeling of nostalgia and sadness - strange enigmatic frame-maker gone and almost forgotten (in only 30 years). His bike is left largely unappreciated in a crowded display of wondeful Jowett cars, giant textile machines and railwayana. It is alongside a Baines Flying Gate - I suspect that this gets much more attention.
The frame is noteable as a very early example of a lugless frame. With the technology as it stood it must have been difficult to prevent intruducing brittleness to the metal around the joint. (even more so when you have only one arm)
To read what I have found about him you can click on my
Walter Greaves page. [loads into new window]
It is the only updated article, as far as I can ascertain, about this forgotten, heroic, stroppy Yorkshire hero.
Bradford Industrial Museum info about Walter Greaves bike.
Above top right. Recently edited display info from Bradford Industrial Museum.
(Well worth a visit especially for transport buffs.).
Lower writing on head badge reads Walter W Greaves
Note lack of left hand brake, best spotted below right. That said, it was fixed gear anyway, so quite legal.
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