HISTORY: EARLY BICYCLE BRAKES

The freewheel hub, introduced in 1898, provided a boon to the creation of better brakes and, in the following four years, many different types of front and rear brake were invented and fitted to bicycles. The majority were only in production for a short time as, by around 1904, the rim brake became the industry standard in Britain and the coaster brake in the USA.
So it’s interesting 110 years later, with the benefit of hindsight, to examine the various braking systems that were obscure almost as soon as they appeared…

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Items in this Collection

1898 Humber Light Roadster (‘The Hub’ Two-speed gear)

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

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1899 ‘George Ace’ Eadie Fittings Roadster

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1899 Eadie Fittings Road Racer

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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 BSA Back-pedalling Brake

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1900 BSA Fittings Machine (Brakes: Bowden rear; thumb lever front)

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1900 Humber First Grade Free Wheel Lady’s Safety (with Band brake)

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1900 Le Petit Frien

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1900-1905 Alcyon with Rear Foot Brake

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

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1901 New Hudson ‘Royal’ Ladies

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1901 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1901-1903 BSA Gents’ Springframe (with Patent Backpedal Brake)

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1902 Eadie Fittings Machine with Band Brake

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1902 Royal Enfield ‘Model B’ Roadster

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1903 Humber No. 14 Gent’s Roadster with Double-Action Backpedal Band Brake

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1903 Osmond Roadster

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1904 Columbia 28″ Cushion Arch-bar Chainless Roadster with Hartford Tire Coaster Brake

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1908 Royal Enfield Duplex Road Racer

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1909 Lea-Francis Men’s Cycle (with Dursley Pedersen 3-speed gear)

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1910 Halford Club Roadster

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1910/1911 Raleigh Gents Roadster with Concealed Roller Lever Brakes

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1910s Velo Porteur ‘Goods’

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1912 Imperial Triumph Tall 29″ Frame with Band Brake

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1912 Royal Triumph No 5 Roadster (with Band brake)

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1915 Robin Hood Girder-Frame Roadster with Concealed Roller Lever Brakes

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1928 Rudge-Whitworth No 28 Lady’s Standard Bicycle (with Coupled Brakes)

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1937 BSA Club Tourist Model with Hub Brakes

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CYCLE BRAKES: 1894 Band Brake

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CYCLE BRAKES: 1898, A New Departure

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CYCLE BRAKES: 1900-1914, Triumph Band Brake

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CYCLE BRAKES: c1908 Eadie Coaster Brochure

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