Durkopp-Brennabor, touring bicycle, 1910, Germany
The main characteristic of the Durkopp is with no doubt its natural rubber tires, strategically pierced to avoid the nightmare of every cyclist: a flat tire.
Rocks, dumps and nails couldn’t stop even the most fearful cyclist.
Innovations don’t stop here: the frame is reinforced with oblique tubes and provided safety even for larger cyclists.
There was also the “counterpedaling” to brake effortlessly with the rear tire, while on the front there was a traditional spoon brake.
The “touring cycling” was in fashion a century ago and every detail of your vehicle was finely made, as you can see from the acetylene headlamp or the peculiar bell, operated by a cable that made it ring thanks to the friction on the tire.
Red natural rubber tires
Frame with reinforcing tubes (as a precautionary measure, if the cyclist weighed over 150 kilos)
Spoon brake on the front tire
Counterpedal brake on the rear tire
SEMPER acetylene headlamp
Villo bell operated by friction
Some components are from BRENNABOR
Thanks to Enrica Leardini and Ashley Frazza for the photos.