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LONDON, UK ( Jan19) – It is a story to warm the hearts of those who insist that they don’t make them like they used to: the bicycle, bought in 1929 and newly retired to a museum after 76 years’ continuous pedalling. The maxim could also be applied to its owner, 95-year-old Briton William Wagstaff, […]

LONDON, UK ( Jan19) – It is a story to warm the hearts of those who insist that they don’t make them like they used to: the bicycle, bought in 1929 and newly retired to a museum after 76 years’ continuous pedalling.

The maxim could also be applied to its owner, 95-year-old Briton William Wagstaff, who rode the bike almost every day until two years ago, and only decided to give cycling up altogether after a recent brush with a motorist.

Wagstaff’s black F. W. Evans racing bike, bought for the then-steep sum of 13 pounds in 1929, has been given to the London Transport Museum, where it will go on display, the Times newspaper said in its Wednesday edition.
Wagstaff has since gone through three saddles and countless sets of tires in his seven decades and 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometres) of riding, but the bike remains in virtually original condition, the paper said.

“It has all the original parts, right down to the stainless steel wheel rims, which cost extra when new, and the oil-powered lamp,” Wagstaff’s 65-year-old daughter Jan Hibbard said.

A curator at the museum said the bike — complete with its original saddlebag and toolkit — still worked remarkably well.

The F. W. Evans company still exists but no longer makes its own bikes, instead selling other brands at its 17 shops. (AFP

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