1940s Warrick Monarch Young Adult’s Tricycle with Two-Wheel Steering
Two-Wheel Steering (TWS) tricycles featuring Ackerman Steering were quite rare even when they were new. Kendrick was the patent-holder, and this company produced a limited amount of them with equal full-size wheels before WW2. After the war, Harding manufactured a version with smaller front wheels; the Harding was made a larger numbers, and even featured a motised version, with a Cyclemaster engine in the rear wheel. The Harding is the most common model to find nowadays: this is actually because they were so terrible to ride, owners did not use them much.
Warrick of Reading made very few Monarch Young Adult tricycles. I think it must have been an experiment to see if the idea took off. It didn’t. I purchased this example in 2008, from the National Cycling Museum in Cornwall before it closed down. It is the only one known to exist, and is in excellent original condition.
JOHN WARRICK of READING
I used to have quite a few Warrick tricycles, including a 1914 motorised one (The photo above shows a similar one being driven past the company’s shop.
This Young Adult Monarch is my the only Warrick tricycle I still own.
In 2007 I created a separate online museum for John Warrick of Reading, the manufacturer of Monarch bicycles and tricycles.
WARRICK MONARCH TWS v HARDING TWS