Mark Elliott’s Tandem

“Tandem FHG Ltd “Grubby”The Tandem is believed to be a mid to late 30s F H G “Pullman”.

Frederick Henry Grubb was described thus in 1910. “Since August Bank Holiday Monday he has been the most talked of cyclist in Great Britain…… it is safe to say that no man since Harry Green has shown more brilliant promise” In 1911 he set a new 12 hr record and went on to win two silver medals in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

The 1936 Grubb catalogue refers to the Pullman and Eagle Tandems and we believe this Tandem is an example of the Pullman.

This particular “Grubb” was purchased by Mark Elliott and Richard Sherwood of Bakewell in April 2012.

This was, and at short notice, in order to participate in the 2012 Tweed Run, “a metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style”. The Tandem was collected from Derby, very much in component form. Engineer Elliott, veteran of Ch4’s Scrapheap Challenge, set to work rendering it roadworthy and made a number of “Q Branch” modifications. The Tandem has certainly not suffered from over restoration. Some two weeks later the Tandem along with 500 other cycles took part in the 15 mile run through Central London,
6th May 2012.

Since then, this venerable beast has participated in 4 further Tweed Runs. It has been displayed at the 2012 Goodwood Road Racing Club’s Annual Vehicle Display and Open Day, an invitation only event on the Carriage Circle in front of Goodwood House. It was also part of the winning window display for the initial Eroica Britannia. Perhaps, however, it’s finest hour was being chosen to be illustrated by French Impressionist Ugo Gattoni as part of the London Cycles Exhibition at the Museum of London, the massive work, entitled “Retro Tweed 2013”, was one of ten on display.

The Tandem remains full working order, complete with; champagne basket, frame mounted snuff box (Wilsons of Sharrow, Extra Menthol) and outboard hampers complete with further liquid refreshments on tap.” – Mark Elliott

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