It breaks my heart but…

Seems a shame but they have to go.

Seems a shame but they have to go.

I promised to clear our loft, which is so full that it’s difficult to move up there. In the first load of stuff for disposal are these vintage tyres, British made, some of which may date from the 1930s. Some of them are unused, but all are now unusable, having deteriorated with age.

Tread patterns

Tread patterns

 

The front three tyres are John Bull Safety Speed, “with the safety ratchet tread”. The front two are unused. Harry Hill (no, not that one – the one who represented Britain in the 1936 Olympic Games, won a bronze medal, and had to cycle and then hitch a ride home on a lorry after he returned to England) used a pair of these tyres when he became the first man to cycle 25 miles within the hour in England in 1938.

It seems a shame to throw out tyres with this pedigree, but I can’t imagine who would want them. The amber walls have deteriorated into the typical sticky, and in my opinion, rather beautiful condition of tyres of this age, and they’re going to get worse as time goes by.

Sticky as a stick dipped in molasses

Sticky as a stick dipped in molasses

This is just an hors d’oevre for my next job: sorting out my twelve foot long run of vintage wheel rims. New Westrick rims anyone?

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