MAKERS: Components Ltd & Ariel Cycle Co

The business that became Components Ltd was established by R.F Hall in 1890. He had previously worked for BSA but had left when BSA stopped cycle component production in 1885 to focus on a large government arms contract. In 1894 he joined forces with Harvey du Cros and Charles Sangster to form the Cycle Components Mfg. Co, which, with the acquisition of leading tube maker Hudson & Co. and rim manufacturers Westwood Wheel Co. and Warwick & Sons, became a leading supplier to the cycle trade. In the same year, Harvey du Cros established the Pneumatic Tyre Co. with J. B. Dunlop in Ireland, to manufacture pneumatic bicycle tyres. A further acquisition was the Ariel Cycle Co. in 1897. The company name changed to Components Ltd in 1902, and they took over Rover’s cycle business in 1912.

It was the company’s ownership of the metal Westwood rim and pneumatic tyre patents that led the American cycle industry to use wooden rims and tubeless tyres

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Items in this Collection

1871 Starley Ariel

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1895 Ariel Roadster (Goshen, Indiana, USA)

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1908 Components Ltd Ariel Featherweight X Frame

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1908 Fleet Standard Racer

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1910s Components Ltd patent X Frame (Wearwell)

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1910s Components Ltd X Frame

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1915 Ariel Special Roadster

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1925 Ariel Tourist Lady’s

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1927 Ariel Tourist Lady’s Bicycle

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1930 Ariel ‘Fleet’ Gent’s Roadster

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1930 Ariel Imperial Light Roadster (Sloping Top Tube)

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1930 Ariel Lady’s Roadster

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1931 Ariel Grande de Luxe Gent’s

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