Cycles, Bristol, was a unique and innovative bicycle maker who produced
bicycles from 1945 through 1958. It was the brainchild of Les Cassel, "the Guv'nor."
Two predominant models were produced:
"Silverthan" a conventional design featuring Thanet's groundbreaking
silver brazing methods.
an unorthodox design as illustrated below. The Silverlight
featured smaller than normal tubes (1" down & seat tube, 7/8" top tubes.)
Note the design that in which the seat and down tube travel below and cradle
the bottom bracket shell. Also notice the extremely small diameter chain
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Silverlight up for sale in 2002
Beautifully restored Silverlight
a booklet published
by Mr. Hilary Stone, past editor of Cycling Plus
magazine & vintage expert,
which charts the history of Thanet and
and analysis of this unusual marque.
Hilary Stone at
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