1902 Centaur Featherweight (Hub 2-Speed Gear): After Restoration
A thoroughly skilful rider may laugh at the idea that he cannot with perfect safety lift one hand from the handle bar, but it is not impossible that a stone in the road, or a rut, may cause the steering wheel to be deflected just at the moment when there is only one hand to steady it, while, as regards many a new rider, there is a strong probability that the bicycle would swerve more or less wildly.
A propos of this question a somewhat curious incident has come to the writer’s knowledge. The envied assessor of a Centaur Featherweight, while riding slowly over the crest of a stiff hill, was surprised at being suddenly pulled up, and found that his knickerbockers had caught the lever with sufficient force to bend it outwards.
In this case, the frame being of a special design, the lever would be lower than one on the top tube of a diamond frame; but very likely it was the fulness at the knee of the garment mentioned which was to blame. However that may be, the catching could not have happened had the lever been attached to the handle bar.
– London Evening Standard, 11th May, 1907
1902 Centaur Featherweight
with Hub 2-Speed Gear
Frame No 75573
Brooks ‘Model B10’ Racing Saddle
Centaur Aluminium Chaincase
On the previous page, you can see the condition of this Centaur when I bought it. Everything was seized and rusty. Thanks to the perseverance of Tony, it made its debut in time for Sport Aid, to be ridden by Victoria Pendleton and Evgeny Lebedev…
1903 CENTAUR CATALOGUE
THE CENTAUR FEATHERWEIGHT IN ‘CYCLING’ MAGAZINE:
NATIONAL SHOW: CRYSTAL PALACE 12th Annual Cycle And Motor Show: The tastefulty arranged Stand of the above company is, as usual, attracting a large amount of attention, and well it might. For the nineteen machines of the pedal propelled type which are found upon it are fully in accord with the world wide reputation of the firm. The principal feature of the exhibit is the famous Featherweight machines, which have gained so much popularity. While several little detailed improvements have been made, these patent cross frame models are practically the same also often described in the columns of ‘Cycling.’ All on, the weight of each of these mounts is only 26lbs, while each is replete with free wheel clutch, two powerful rim brakes, and tyres. During the past year members of our staff have thoroughly tested one of these machines and they speak in the highest terms of its lightness, rigidity and remarkable speed powers. It’s interesting to note that in order to bring this grade within the reach of the majority of cyclists, the price has been reduoecl to £15 15s.
– ‘Cycling’ Magazine, 28th November 1903
Centaur also marketed a ‘Featherbed Featherweight’ (below) which was essentially the same machine as above, but fitted with special wide rims and 2″ Dunlop tyres.