This photograph of Dudley Thomas in his younger days is typical of the 1950's and 1960's. Note the single brake to save weight because he is riding a fixed wheel, cap back to front for aerodynamics ( no aero helmets etc in those days ) and a pump. The other requirement at that time was a bell so most people used a very lightweight aluminium one. Toe straps and woollen shorts are typical of the period while the centre pull brake was more powerful than the caliper type of the time.
There are a few more photos of Dudley in the Gallery. In one of them he is huddled up under a hedge. Club racing men in the fifties sometimes cycled or went by train to distant events and either stayed in B&B accomodation or slept under a hedge. They were tough in those days !