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

1870 Velocipede Tricycle (Replica)

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1879 Coventry Rotary Tricycle (Reproduction)

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1880-1883 BSA Otto

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1882 Warman Laxon & Co ‘TRIUMPH’ Tricycle

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1888 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Tandem Tricycle

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1888 Rudge Royal Crescent Tricycle

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1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1889 Lady’s Quadrant Tricycle

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1890s Gendron Girls’ Tiller & Treadle Tricycle

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1895 Tinkham Passenger Tricycle

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1897 Victorian Gentleman’s Tricycle

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

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1899 Helical Premier Ladies’ Tricycle

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1899 Quadrant ‘Army & Navy’ Tricycle

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1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1900 Thos Hughes Large Juvenile Tricycle

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1901 Beeston Humber 3-Speed Light Roadster Tricycle

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1901 Beeston Humber Convertible Tricycle (Cordner 3-speed & Band Brake)

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1901 BEESTON HUMBER LIGHT ROADSTER TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1901 Rudge-Whitworth Light Roadster Tricycle 

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1901 Rudge-Whitworth No 31 Special Lady’s Tricycle

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1904 Swift Ranelagh Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1904-07 Royal Enfield Tricycle Forecar

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1905 All-Black Royal Sunbeam Tricycle

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

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1907 Rudge-Whitworth Tricycle: No 31 for Ladies

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1909 Golden Sunbeam Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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

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1914 All-Black Golden Sunbeam Tricycle

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1922 Monet & Goyon VELOCIMANE Mixte ‘ Type G’ Tricycle

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1924 James Tricycle Model 25 Convertible

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1925 Sheppee Cykelaid Motor Tricycle

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1926 Brown Brothers ‘Rebo’ Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1928 Rochet Wicker-Seat Tricycle

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1930s Rochet Two-Wheel Steering Tricycle

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1939 Harding Safety Tricycle

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1939 James Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1939 Sironval Sportplex Quadricycle

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1940s George Fitt Government Contract Tricycle

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1950 Harding ‘Netley’ Rotary Tricycle

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1950 Harding ‘Rideinease’ Rotary Tricycle

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1950s James Ladies’ Tricycle

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1954 Harding ‘Model C’ 32cc TWS Tricycle

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1956 Harding Two-Wheel Steering Tricycle

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1956 Raleigh Prototype Post Office Tricycle

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1960s Moulton F-frame TWS Tricycle

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1990s Tandem Tricycle ‘The Victorian’

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HISTORY OF TRICYCLES

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JOHN WARRICK (MONARCH) MUSEUM

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THE CYCLE RICKSHAW: EARLY PASSENGER VEHICLES VIDEO

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TRICYCLES

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