MAKERS: PREMIER Cycle Co

In 1886, the innovative ‘Hillman, Herbert & Cooper’ company introduced the first successful safety bicycle. They named it ‘The Premier’.
In 1898, Edward, Prince of Wales, ordered a bicycle from Premier Cycle Co, the frame presumably built using the company’s unique helical steel tubing. The purchase was probably made on the advice of his brother Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who had bought a Premier the previous year. Prince Arthur pursued a military career and at one time commanded a Cyclist Battalion (see photo). This model was accordingly named the ‘Royal Premier’.

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1871 Starley Ariel

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1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle (Hillman Patent)

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1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle VIDEO

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1886-1918 HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES VIDEO

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1886/1887 Military Premier (Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)

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1887 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Tandem Tricycle

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1890 ‘Catford’ Premier ( The ‘Holbein No 1’)

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘The Premier’ Convertible

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1890 Youths’ Premier Safety (Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)

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1891 Premier ‘Model F’

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1891 The Premier Model F (Restored)

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1894 Premier Model A93 with Helical Tubing

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1895 Premier with Helical Tubing

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1896-1898 American Premier Helical (Bridgeport, Conn, USA)

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1896/1897 Helical Premier (Tall 28″ Frame)

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1899 Helical Premier Ladies’ Tricycle

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1901 Irish ‘Shamrock’ Premier Helical (Belfast, N. Ireland)

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1901 Premier Helical Track Racer

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1905 Premier No. 7 Helical

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1906 Gentlemen’s Royal Premier No 3 Helical Truss Frame

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1909 Royal Premier No. 3

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1911 Royal Premier 30″ Helical Truss Frame

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1913 Model No 2 Lady’s Special Premier

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1914 Premier ‘No 6’ Lady’s Popular

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1914 Premier Model No 2 Lady’s Special

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1920s Singer Gent’s Grande Modele de Luxe

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Premiers & Cross-Frames

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