Cyclaid Classic Bikes
The manufacturers of
the Cyclaid used to make aero engines and cars at
their factory in Raynes Park, London before WWII and
were known as British Salmson. The Cyclaids were made
at their Lanarkshire factory and were sold between
1950 and 1956, so this is a late example (Engine No.
4072). Not many machines were sold because of alleged
poor marketing and I have been told that there was
a notable design fault in the fuel tank filler cap
that allowed fuel to occasionally spill out of the
breather hole and onto the saddle and HT lead below.
Perhaps it was designed to aid acceleration for the
An example of one of the rarest marques
of cyclemotor; the belt driven Cyclaid.
The 31cc two stroke motor and belt
mechanism are mounted on a Hercules
gents bicycle frame with an enclosed
chain case and Thapex Premier bicycle
pump included. Miller dynamo lights
are fitted together with SA two speed
gears for when the belt is detached
and the bike is used in pedal mode.
The cable to the gear selector has snapped,
but everything else (brakes etc) appears
operational. Period reviews indicate
that the engine produced 0.7 h.p. at
3,500 r.p.m. returning 212 m.p.g. on
a 28:1 petroil mixture. The list price
in 1954 was £24.
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