STYLES: TRICYCLES

It’s interesting to note the social competition between bicycles and tricycles in the late 19th century. These two modes of transport, though closely related at the beginning, eventually developed separately into vehicles with an even greater social divide – motorcycles and cars.

Bicycles in the early era required athletic ability, so they were the preserve of fit, adventurous rich men. At first, tricycles were considered suitable only for old folks or timid cyclists. But after Queen Victoria purchased a pair of tricycles, their popularity increased, particularly among ladies, and tricyclists soon had their own magazines and clubs.

Bicycle clubs and rides invariably focused on speed and competition. Tricycling events were a female social affair, often involving a parade around town followed by tea. During their brief reign, high-wheel tricycles had an enormous influence on society, capturing the public imagination not only in Britain where they flourished, but around the world too. As a result, bicycles, tricycles and, within 20 years, motorcycles and cars, soon ruled the roads.

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Items in this Collection

1869_Velocipede_Tricycle_Replica_29

1870 Velocipede Tricycle (Replica)

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1879-Coventry-Rotary-Tricycle-05

1879 Coventry Rotary Tricycle (Reproduction)

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BSA OTTO

1880-1883 BSA Otto

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1882-Warman-Triumph-Tricycle-60

1882 Warman Laxon & Co ‘TRIUMPH’ Tricycle

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1888 HHC Premier Tandem Tricycle 68

1887 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Tandem Tricycle

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1-1888-Rudge-Royal-Crescent-Tricycle

1888 Rudge Royal Crescent Tricycle

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1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE

1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1889-LADY’S-QUADRANT-TRICYCLE-00

1889 Lady’s Quadrant Tricycle

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1890s Gendron Treadle Tricycle 12

1890s Gendron Girls’ Tiller & Treadle Tricycle

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1895-Tinkham-Passenger-Tricycle-44

1895 Tinkham Passenger Tricycle

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1897_Gents_Tricycle_01-copy

1897 Victorian Gentleman’s Tricycle

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1898-Quadrant-Tricycle-031

1898 Quadrant Gent’s Tricycle ‘No 8B’ with Band Brake

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FOR SALE 1899-Premier-Helical-Tricycle-57

1899 Helical Premier Ladies’ Tricycle

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FOR SALE 1899 Army & Navy Cooperative Ladies Tricycle 05

1899 Quadrant ‘Army & Navy’ Tricycle

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1899_Quadrant_Convertible_Tricycle_03

1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1899 Quadrant Tricycle 05

1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1900 Hughes Large Juvenile Tricycle 05

1900 Thos Hughes Juvenile Tricycle (20″ wheels)

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1901-Beeston-Humber-Gents-Tricycle-27

1901 Beeston Humber 3-Speed Light Roadster Tricycle

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1901 Beeston Humber Tricycle 04

1901 Beeston Humber Convertible Tricycle (Cordner 2-speed gear & Band Brake)

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1901 BEESTON HUMBER LIGHT ROADSTER TRICYCLE

1901 BEESTON HUMBER LIGHT ROADSTER TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1902-Rudge-Whitworth-Gents-Tricycle-04

1901 Rudge-Whitworth Light Roadster Tricycle 

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1901_Rudge_Tricycle

1901 Rudge-Whitworth No 31 Special Lady’s Tricycle

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1904-Swift-Tricycle-1

1904 Swift Ranelagh Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1904 Tricycle Forecar 05

1904-07 Royal Enfield Tricycle Forecar

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1905 Sunbeam Tricycle 05

1905 All-Black Royal Sunbeam Tricycle

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1906_Rudge_Tricycle_20

1906 ‘No 30 Special’ Rudge-Whitworth Light Roadster Tricycle

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1907 Rudge-Whitworth Ladies Tricycle 05

1907 Rudge-Whitworth Tricycle: No 31 for Ladies

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1909-sunbeam-gents-tricycle-021

1909 Golden Sunbeam Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1912 James Gentleman’s ‘Model 25’ Tricycle 05

1912 James Tricycle: ‘Gentleman’s Model No 25’

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1914-Sunbeam-Tricycle-55

1914 All-Black Golden Sunbeam Tricycle

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1922 Monet-Goyon Vélocimane type GN7 34

1922 Monet & Goyon VELO-FAUTEUIL Mixte Tricycle

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1922-Tricycle-Monet-Goyon-04

1922 Monet & Goyon VELOCIMANE Mixte ‘ Type G’ Tricycle

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jimmyjames5

1924 James Tricycle Model 25 Convertible

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1925 Sheppe Cykelaid 05

1925 Sheppee Cykelaid Motor Tricycle

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1910s-Gentlemens-Tricycle-23

1926 Brown Brothers ‘Rebo’ Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1920s_Rochet_01

1928 Rochet Wicker-Seat Tricycle

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1920s-Rochet-TWS-Trike-05-768×847

1930s Rochet Two-Wheel Steering Tricycle

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1939_Harding_Tricycle_04

1939 Harding Safety Tricycle

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FOR SALE 1930s James Gents Tricycle 05

1939 James Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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SIRONVAL11

1939 Sironval Sportplex Quadricycle

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1940s-George-Fitt-Tricycle-05

1940s George Fitt Government Contract Tricycle

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warrick_monarch_03

1947 Warrick Monarch Young Adult’s Tricycle with Two-Wheel Steering

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1950_Harding_Netley_Tricycle_05

1950 Harding ‘Netley’ Rotary Tricycle

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1950_Harding_Rotary_Tricycle_04

1950 Harding ‘Rideinease’ Rotary Tricycle

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1950_James_Tricycle_06

1950s James Ladies’ Tricycle

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1956_Harding_CM_05

1954 Harding ‘Model C’ 32cc TWS Tricycle

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1956-Harding-05-768×785

1956 Harding Two-Wheel Steering Tricycle

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1956_Raleigh_PO_Trike_04

1956 Raleigh Prototype Post Office Tricycle

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FOR SALE 1960s Moulton Tricycle 05

1960s Moulton F-frame TWS Tricycle

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FOR SALE 1990s Tandem Tricycle Olympia Replica 05

1990s Tandem Tricycle ‘The Victorian’

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coventry roatary tricycle

HISTORY OF TRICYCLES

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john warrick cycle co reading

JOHN WARRICK (MONARCH) MUSEUM

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THE CYCLE RICKSHAW-EARLY PASSENGER VEHICLES

THE CYCLE RICKSHAW: EARLY PASSENGER VEHICLES VIDEO

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1909-sunbeam-gents-tricycle-60

TRICYCLES

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