How a Bicycle is Made - A Bicycle Factory

'The process of manufacture is traced from the beginning; the design on paper and the raw materials. We see what goes to make the steel tubes of the frames, the handle bars, the gear wheels, the pedal cranks, the pedals, the spokes, the wheels and the hubs, until at last the complete bicycle is ready for testing.' [1]

Date: 1945
Duration: 17 mins 22 secs

Director: Norman Lee
Production Company: Signet Pictures Corporation Limited
Producer: -
Cinematographer: Billie Williams
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Length: 35mm: -ft. 16mm:-ft.

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This film is set in the Raleigh bicycle factory which stood on Triumph Road in Nottingham. The site was demolished in 1996, and is now the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham.
A shot of the Lenton Boulevard offices is also seen at the beginning of the film, which is now the Marcus Garvey Centre, pictured below.

Still from 'How a Bicycle is Made'

The cameraman, William 'Billie' Williams, was the father of famed cameraman Billy Williams (IMDB), who was apprenticed to his father from a young age. In the following video, he talks about his apprenticeship, and about his memories of making this film.

Still from 'How a Bicycle is Made' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'

  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946