MAKERS: ROVER Cycle Co

James Starley is known as the ‘father of the bicycle industry.’ Starley & Hillman’s ‘Ariel’ was patented on 11 August 1870, and he sold the Starley patent ‘Tangent’ ordinary through his employees’ company Haynes & Jefferis.
His nephew J. K. Starley worked for Haynes & Jefferis before leaving the same year to set up Starley & Sutton. They presented their first ‘Rover’ safety bicycle at the Stanley Show in February 1885…

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1871 Starley Ariel

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1874 James Starley ‘Queen of Hearts’ Sewing Machine

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1877/1878 Haynes & Jefferis ‘The Tangent’

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1887 Starley & Sutton ‘Special’ Rover

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1888 J.K Starley & Co ‘The Rover Safety Bicycle’

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1889 Cross frame Safety (attributed to Mascotte)

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1895 Ladies Popular Rover

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1895 New Light Popular Rover

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1899-1903 Imperial Rover Road Racer

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1903 METEOR ROVER LIGHT ROADSTER VIDEO

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1903 Meteor Rover No 2 Light Roadster

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1904 Gentlemen’s Meteor Rover

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1905 The Lady’s Rover

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1908 Rover Roadster

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1912 Royal Rover Roadster 

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1913 First Pattern Wall Autowheel on Rover Bicycle

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1913 Rover Road Racer

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1913/1914 Chainless Rover Roadster

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1918 Lady’s Rover Bicycle Model A

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1918 Starley Regal (Dingley Brothers)

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1919 Rover Roadster

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1920 Royal Rover Roadster

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