07 November 2011

Vintage Parking Lock - Husqvarna

Husqvarna 1948 with Parking Lock
Took me a while to figure this one out. I've acquired a vintage, Swedish, Husqvarna bicycle from 1948. If you turn the handlebars quite far to the side, there is a little click sound. A friend of my Ivan enlightened me. It's a parking lock and it used to be standard on many bicycles back in the day. Like the lifting handle for Citizen Cyclists I've written about before.
You have a kickstand and you park your bike. The front wheel will often fall towards the lean and that makes the bicycle less stable. With the simple parking lock it keeps the front wheel straight when parked. Simple design solution. Love it.

Love it so much I made a film about it. Because it can be hard to explain what the hell it is I'm on about.

9 comments:

Portlandize.com said...

Raleigh had a similar feature on many of their bicycles, but not as automatic. This is on my 1979 Roadster: http://portlandize.com/2011/07/the-raleigh-locking-fork-2/

Frits B said...

And this neat feature got banned after too many thieves forgot to unlock the front wheel after breaking the rear wheel lock, and fell over because their steering was jammed? No helmets then, of course, so much cracking of skulls, deservedly. Prefer the modern spring between fork and downtube. Just as effective and needs no input from the rider.

bicyclegeek said...

@portlandize.com ... only the locking fork was an anti-theft device.

@Frits ... I've seen this on a number of modern dutch style bicycles and had no idea what it was for. Thank you for explaining it!

Oldfool said...

I could use a couple of those.

Portlandize.com said...

@bicyclegeek: yup, I mention that in my post, but it effectively accomplishes holding the bars straight too, if you want it to, which is what I more often use it for.

Frits B said...
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psyco about the bicycle said...

This is shear genius and beats the hell out of Rhode gear's Flick stand!

Frits B said...

André Koopmans has a photo of a similar lock on a Fongers (NL) bicycle:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9623863@N04/2228398594/in/photostream
He says it dates back to 1908.

Anonymous said...

At that time (c. 1940-1955), many bicycle manufacturers, in particular in Sweden, were experimenting with divers features to stabilize bikes, make them easier to carry, a drawer for pump and repair kit under the luggage rack etc. On old Hermes bikes, the fork lock was in the form of a button on the headtube. I think many of these inventions came in answer to the competition from cars.