I recently acquired 3 1956 volumes of the monthly French cycling magazine Le Cycliste. I don’t know much about this publication, only that it was originally founded by Paul de Vivie, aka Velocio, in the late 1800’s. Velocio himself, an avid cyclist and competitor, was a champion of derailleur gears as well as small wheeled bicycles. Unfortunately, he died in 1930, but his cycling buddies carried on publishing the magazine for quite some time thereafter. Much of my awareness of Velocio was originally gleaned from my avid reading of Bicycle Quarterly, Jan Heine’s publication which has on occasion re-published some of Velocio’s articles from those early days of cycling’s history.
This particular volume is packed with articles, photos, and some wonderful advertisements. Here are some highlights:
No cycling magazine would be complete without technical specs. This drawing and the related table show various frame dimensions at two different seat tube angles. I am going to study this awhile and see if I glean any new insight into bicycle frame geometry – a topic which seems to lend itself to both mysticism as well as science. Since it’s a rainy, windy day here in Portland, it’s a perfect time to curl up and read.