1. SAFETY BICYCLES: 1886-1899

Online Bicycle Museum safety bicycles

A considerable degree of athleticism was needed to ride a velocipede and the ordinary (‘penny farthing’) that followed it. In the late 1870s, inventors started experimenting with bicycles motivated by a chain to the rear wheel. A prototype was produced by Harry Lawson, and BSA and Rover built their own improved versions, but they were cumbersome. The first successful ‘safety bicycle’ to hit the market was Hillman, Herbert & Cooper’s ‘The Premier’ in 1886. It completely revolutionised cycling and the cycle trade…

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1899-BSA-Boer-War-Bicycle-Martini-Henry-Rifle-16

1876 BSA Martini-Henry Rifle / 1899 BSA Fittings Machine

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1880s Facile Geared Front-driver replica 05

1880s Facile Geared Front-driver (Replica)

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1882-ELLIS-Co-FACILE-0-1

1882/1883 Ellis & Co ‘Facile’ Lever-operated ‘Safety Bicycle’

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1884 Facile 05

1884 Ellis & Co ‘Facile’

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1884-Hillman-Patent-KANGAROO-Dwarf-Safety-Bicycle-05

1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle (Hillman Patent)

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1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle

1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle VIDEO

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1886 Premier cross frame 02

1886 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Cross frame Safety

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1886 Cross frame (Pausey) 01

1886 Pausey Pioneer Cross-Frame Safety

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1886-Tac-Crossframe-05

1886 Tac (Crossframe) Safety Roadster

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1886 Premier Military 1 copy

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

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1887 Singer Military Safety bicycle

1887 ‘Singer Safety’ (Semi-Diamond Cross Frame)

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1887-Starley-Sutton-Special-Rover-40

1887 Starley & Sutton ‘Special’ Rover

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1887 Victor Safety Crossframe Springfork 61

1887 The Victor Safety (Cross frame Springfork)

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1888-Bayliss-Thomas-Excelsior-Cross-frame-09

1888 Bayliss, Thomas ‘Excelsior’ Dwarf Safety

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1888_Crossframe_10

1888 Crossframe with Joseph Bates Drawbolt Chain Adjuster

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1888 Rover

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

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1888 Ormonde Safety ‘No 2’ 02

1888 Ormonde Safety ‘No 2’

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1888-Rudge-Bicyclette-2-fork-2

1888 Rudge Bicyclette Dwarf Safety Roadster with Spring Fork

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1887-88 Sharratt & Lisle Star crossframe 05

1888 Sharratt & Lisle Crossframe Safety

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1889-A.-Jackson-Co-Fleet-Diamond-45

1889 A. Jackson & Co ‘Fleet’ Diamond

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1887 SWIFT Coventry Machinists Co 05

1889 Coventry Machinists Co ‘Swift’ Safety Bicycle

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1889 Coventry Machinists SWIFT No 1 Safety 0

1889 Coventry Machinists Swift Safety ‘No 1’

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FOR SALE 1889 Cross frame Safety (Mascotte) 05

1889 Cross frame Safety (attributed to Mascotte)

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1889 Humber Fittings Crossframe 1

1889 Crossframe Safety with Humber Fittings

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1889_Harry_Roberts_28

1889 Harry S Roberts Special Gent’s Safety Bicycle

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Jackson-Beeston-Globe-15-copy

1889 Jackson & Beeston ‘Globe’

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1889-Metropolitan-Machinsts-JUNO-05

1889 Metropolitan Machinists’ Co ‘Juno’ Path Racer

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1889 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety 0

1889 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety

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1889-Quadrant-‘No-17’-Dwarf-Safety-Roadster-1

1889 Quadrant ‘No 17’ Dwarf Safety Roadster

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FOR SALE 1889 Swift Safety Model D crossframe 04

1889 Swift Safety Crossframe (Coventry Machinists’ Co)

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1889-Parr-semi-diamond-cross-frame-02

1889 The ‘Parr’ Safety (Semi-Diamond Cross-frame)

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1889 Victor Spring-fork Safety 05

1889/1890 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘CATFORD’ PREMIER 05

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

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1890-Special-Singer-Safety-05

1890 ‘Special Singer’ Safety

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1890_Crossframe_03

1890 Crossframe with Front Suspension and Integral Steering

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1891-American-Ideal-Rambler-60-1

1890 G&J American Ideal Rambler (for Girls)

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1889-Hillman-Herbert-Cooper-THE-PREMIER-85

1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘The Premier’ Convertible

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1891_Irwell_05

1890 Manchester Cycle Mfg Co ‘Irwell No 2’

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1890-Mascotte-Crossframe-Safety-03

1890 Mascotte ‘Safety No 4’ Cross-frame (George Townsend & Co)

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1889_Peugeot_01

1890 Peugeot Cross Frame Safety

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1891_Peugeot_01

1890 Peugeot Crossframe ‘Bicyclette Populaire’

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1890_Raleigh_Catalogue_08

1890 Raleigh Catalogue

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1890 Rudge Bicyclette Diamante 05

1890 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant No 2

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1890-Union-Cycle-Mfg-Co-Convertible-04-1

1890 Union Cycle Mfg Co ‘Convertible’ Safety

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1890_Raleigh_10

1890 Woodhead, Angois & Ellis ‘Raleigh’ Road Racer

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1890-Youths-Premier-Safety-03-1

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

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1891 Westminster Open frame 08

1890-1892 Westminster Double Diamond Safety

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1890s_cabinet_card

1890s-1920s MEN & BICYCLES

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1891-crossframe-XL_04

1891 Calcott ‘XL’ Crossframe Safety

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1891_Columbia_05

1891 Columbia Light Roadster Safety

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1891_Earl_05

1891 Matthew Smith ‘Earl’ Truss-Tube Safety

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1891-Victor-Spring-fork-Safety-05

1891 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety

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1891-Peugeot-cross-frame-safety-05

1891 Peugeot cross frame safety

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1890_Premier_11

1891 Premier ‘Model F’

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1891 Referee Diamond 05

1891 Referee Pattern Diamond Frame Safety

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1891 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant 05

1891 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant ‘Modele H’

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1891_Star_011

1891 Sharratt & Lisle ‘Star’ Safety Bicycle

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1891 Sharratt & Lisle STAR cross frame safety 05

1891 Sharratt & Lisle STAR Crossframe Safety with cushion tyres

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1891 Singer Apollo 01

1891 Singer Apollo Safety

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1891 TAC Safety 05

1891 TAC Safety Roadster

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1891 The Premier Model F 05

1891 The Premier Model F (Restored)

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1892-Bicyclette-Quadrant-01

1892 Bicyclette Quadrant ‘No 22’

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1892-Century-Columbia-77

1892 Century Columbia (Duplex frame)

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1892_Clement_05

1892 Clement & Cie ‘Modele 1892’

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1891_Hickory_01

1892 Elliott Hickory ‘A’ Safety Bicycle

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1892_Hickory_01

1892 Elliott Hickory Solid-Tyre Safety Bicycle

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1891 Iver Johnson Lovell Diamond 05

1892 Iver Johnson ‘No 1’ Diamond Safety

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J. Devey Safety Bicycle 05

1892 J. Devey Northern X Safety No 2 (Humber)

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1891_Hickory_40

1892 Kirkpatrick Saddle

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1892 Mayflower Cushion Tyre Safety 05

1892 Mayflower ‘Model D’ Cushion Tyre Safety 

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1892_Old_Hickory_Almanac_01

1892 OLD HICKORY ALMANAC

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1893-Columbia-Model-32-1-

1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 …with Ellipictal Gear

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1893 Columbia 32 05

1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 (For Restoration)

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1891_Columbia_Light_Roadster_01

1893 Columbia Century Roadster

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1893-COLUMBIA-Elliptical-Chainwheel-07

1893 Columbia Model 32 Road Racer with Elliptical Chainwheel

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1893_safety_02

1893 E.J West ‘Progress’ Pneumatic Light Roadster

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1893_Elliott_Hickory_Catalogue_02

1893 HICKORY WHEEL Co CATALOGUE

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FOR SALE 1893-Humber-of-Paris-0-copy

1893 Humber Road Racer (Paris Depot)

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1893_Overman_Victor_01

1893 Overman Victor Flyer

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1893 Rudge Racer 05

1893 Rudge Racing Safety (Model D)

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1893 SWIFT SAFETY MODEL E 05

1893 Swift Model E Light Roadster

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1893_Overman_Victor_05-copy

1893: OVERMAN VICTOR DISPLAY at the WORLD’S FAIR

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1894 Silver KIng 05

1894 (Presumed) Centaur ‘King of Scorchers’ / Hendee ‘Silver King Safety’

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1894_Bridgeport_Cyclometer_04

1894 Bridgeport Cyclometer (Bridgeport Gun Implement Co)

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mens_rambler_01

1894 Men’s Rambler Model 16

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1894_Premier_Bicycle_20

1894 Premier Model A93 with Helical Tubing

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1894 Singer Light Roadster 05

1894 Singer Light Roadster

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BICYCLE_ACROSS_ASIA_00

1894: ACROSS ASIA ON A BICYCLE

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good_roads

1894/1895 GOOD ROADS CAMPAIGN

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1895-Electric-05

1895 ‘Electric’ Lightweight Road Racer

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1894-ARIEL-Goshen-USA-64

1895 Ariel Roadster (Goshen, Indiana, USA)

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1895_Clement_011

1895 Clement & Cie Bicyclette No 1

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1895_CRYPTO_BANTAM_50

1895 Crypto ‘Bantam’ F.D Safety No 2

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Cycles_Gladiator_01

1895 Gladiator de Route

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1895_Goldsworthy_05

1895 Goldsworthy Juvenile Convertible

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1895 Humber 05

1895 Humber ‘Model B’ Safety Export Model

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1895_Hurtu_06

1895 Hurtu Safety Bicycle

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1895-New-Light-Popular-Rover-05

1895 New Light Popular Rover

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1 1895 New Mail

1895 New Mail Safety (Wm Read & Sons, Boston, USA)

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aug1895_Overland_modern_centaur_6

1895 OVERLAND MAGAZINE: A MODERN CENTAUR

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1894 Overman Victor 05

1895 Overman Victor Safety

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1895_peugeot_lion_01

1895 Peugeot ‘Bicyclette Lion’

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1895-Premier-Helical-38

1895 Premier with Helical Tubing

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1895_Rudge_Whitworth_051

1895 Rudge-Whitworth No 3 Road Racer

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1895 Upsloper Safety Bicycle 05

1895 Safety Bicycle with Reversed Swift Chainwheel

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FOR SALE 1895 Star Safety 05

1895 Sharratt & Lisle ‘Special Popular Star’ 

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1895 Bard Roadster 05

1895/1896 Bard Roadster

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1896 Chater Lea Fittings Machine 05

1896 Chater Lea Fittings Machine

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1896 Columbia Model 40 with Colt Machine Gun 05

1896 Columbia Model 40 Military Model with Colt Machine Gun

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1896_crypto_bantam_01

1896 Crypto Bantam

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1896-cycle-world5

1896 CYCLING WORLD ILLUSTRATED

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1896-Eagle

1896 Eagle ‘Model B’ New York Police Bicycle

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1898_University_242

1896 Fowler Truss Frame

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The-Gladiator-Folding-Bicycle-1896

1896 Gladiator Military Folding Bicycle

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1896_Good_Roads_01

1896 GOOD ROADS CAMPAIGN

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1896-Mikael-Pedersen-63

1896 Mikael Pedersen Small Men’s Bicycle

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bicycle_museum_01

1896 MUNSEY: THE WORLD AWHEEL

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1896_Overland_Magazine_01

1896 OVERLAND MAGAZINE: ADVERTISING POSTERS

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1896_choubersky_skates_03

1896 Patin Bicyclette Road Skates (Richard-Choubersky)

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1896-Raleigh-No-5-Road-Racer-65

1896 Raleigh ‘No 5’ Road Racer

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1896-Ritter-Road-Skates-03

1896 Ritter Road Skates

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1896-Ritter-Road-Skates-051

1896 Ritter Road Skates

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1896 Ritter Road Skates 05

1896 Ritter Road Skates (Size 11 1/2)

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1896_Ritter_Skates_03

1896 Ritter Skates (Road Skate Co)

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1896 RUDGE WEDGE 05

1896 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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JUSTIN_SPITFIRE_01

1896 S.H Justin Spitfire

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1896 Terrot a Chaine Lavigne 05

1896 Terrot a Chaine Lavigne

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71-AUTOMATIC-CYCLE-WHISTLE

1896 THE WHEEL 21st August

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56-1896-PATENTS

1896 THE WHEEL 28th August

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USA-LIQUID-PISTOL-1

1896 USA Liquid Pistol (Parker Stearns & Sutton)

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1898 Premier Helical American 05

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

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1899_Humber_01-copy

1896-1898 Humber Standard-Grade Special Light Roadster (American Export Model)

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1895_ALL_PARIS_AWHEEL_OLDBIKE_MUSEUM_6

1896: DANGERS & BENEFITS of the BICYCLE

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1896 BSA FITTINGS MACHINE Royal Pavilion Brighton

1896/1897 BSA Fittings Machine (Racing Frame)

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1896 Helical Premier 28 Frame 05

1896/1897 Helical Premier (Tall 28″ Frame)

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1896 Beard Safety 05

1896/1897 W. Beard Solid Tyre Safety

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IMG_5685-copy

1897 ‘THE AMERICA’ Truss Frame

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1897-THE-SUNBEAM-60

1897 ‘The Special Sunbeam’

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1897_cycling_outfits_00

1897 Arnold & Daniel Catalogue: Cycling Outfits

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1897_Velo_Clement_02

1897 Clement & Cie ‘Velo Piste’

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1897 Crypto Geared Front Driver 05

1897 Crypto Bantam Geared Ordinary

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1897_oldbike_museum_11

1897 CYCLING MAGAZINE

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1897-cycle-world4

1897 CYCLING WORLD ILLUSTRATED

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1897 Daniels Foot Cycle Roller Skates 05

1897 Daniels ‘Foot Cycle’ 3-Wheel Roller Skates

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1897-Fowler-Straight-Frame-04

1897 Fowler Straight Frame Bicycle

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fowler cycle catalogue

1897 Fowler Truss Frame – Catalogue

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1897 F.I Gibbs & W. Wright Roller Skates 05

1897 Gibbs & Wright 2-Wheeled Roller Skates

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FOR SALE 1897 Humber Coventry Light Roadster 04 copy

1897 Humber Coventry Light Roadster

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1897-Triumph-Roadster-05

1897 Royal Triumph No 1AA for Gents

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1897 Rudge Wedge 05

1897 Rudge Wedge Roadster

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1897-Singer-Modele-de-Luxe-Path-Racer-03

1897 Singer Modele de Luxe Path Racer

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1897 Spalding 05

1897 Spalding 25th Infantry Military ‘Special’

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1897-Velo-au-Bon-Marche-08

1897 Velo Dame au Bon Marche, Paris

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OLDBIKE_BICYCYLE_MUSEUM_1

1897: LEARNING TO RIDE

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1897 Centaur 05

1897/1898 Centaur No 2 Roadster

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1898-Alldays-Matchless-021

1898 Alldays Matchless Military Roadster

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1898_bamboo_001

1898 Bamboo Cycle Co Light Roadster

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FOR SALE 1898-Bayliss-Thomas-25

1898 Bayliss, Thomas ‘Excelsior’ Roadster

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IMG_5911-copy

1898 Bicyclette F.N Chainless (Cardan, Acatene, Shaft-drive)

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christy_anatomical_saddle_9

1898 Chisty Anatomical Saddle

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1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless 05

1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless

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02cooper1

1898 Cooper No 4 Roadster

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1898 Crescent No3 Boys 05

1898 Crescent ‘No 3’ Boy’s Bicycle

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1898_Easling_Smith_10

1898 Easling & Smith Gents Roadster

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1898-Ericsson-Field-Telephone-C-Mark-1-21

1898 Ericsson Field Telephone ‘C’ Mk 1

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1898 Gladiator  05

1898 Gladiator de Route

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1898 Humber Light Roadster 03

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

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1898 Marriott Hunter Roadster 05

1898 Marriott ‘Hunter’ 29″ Roadster

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1898 Monarch Defiance 05

1898 Monarch Defiance

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1898-Pennell-ARMSTRONG-Racer-05-600×715

1898 Pennell & Co ‘Armstrong’ Path Racer

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1898 Quadrant Chainless 05

1898 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#55291)

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1898 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster 05

1898 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#57425)

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1898 Rudge Wedge 05

1898 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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cnteetor1898

1898 Teetor Railway Cycle (Light Inspection Car)

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1898 Triumph Resilient 05 copy

1898 Triumph Resilient Model 24AA

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1898_Union_Jack_05

1898 Union Supply Co ‘Union Jack’

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1899 George Ace Eadie 05

1899 ‘George Ace’ Eadie Fittings Roadster

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1899-Oxford-1

1899 ‘Oxford’ (Goodby Rankin Co, Providence, RI)

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1899 Gamages Midget Safety 05

1899 A.W Gamage Midget Safety

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1899-Beeston-Humber-Chainless-Safety-68

1899 Beeston Humber Chainless Safety (Metropole Acatene)

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1899-Beeston-Humber-No-1-Freewheel-Light-Roadster-05

1899 Beeston Humber Light Roadster (with Detachable Joints)

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1899 LIBERATOR 05

1899 Bicyclette Liberator

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1899-Phebus-68

1899 Bicyclette Phebus

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1899-BSA-Fittings-Machine-04

1899 BSA Fittings Machine: Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers ‘Cable Layer’

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1897_Velo_Clement_03

1899 Clement de Luxe Path Racer

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1899_Cleveland_Bicycle_10

1899 Cleveland Model 47 Men’s Bicycle

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1899-Eadie-Road-Racer-04

1899 Eadie Fittings Road Racer

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1898-Eadie-Track-Racer-05

1899 Eadie Fittings Track Racer

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1899 Gormully Jeffery Rambler 05

1899 Gormully & Jeffery Men’s Medium Weight Rambler Roadster

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1899-Rambler-Princess-Thyra-Denmark-66

1899 Gormully & Jeffery Rambler (Denmark)

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1899_Arrow_02

1899 Joseph Harrison ‘Flying Arrow’ Gent’s Roadster

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1899-Acatene-Metropole-05

1899 L’Acatene-Metropole Velleda ‘Model 207’

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1899 Fairy King 05

1899 Luthy & Co Fairy King

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1899-Peugeot-05

1899 Peugeot ‘Bicyclette Lion A’

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1899 Peugeot Racer 05

1899 Peugeot Freres a Valentigney ‘Bicyclette Extra’

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1899 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster 01 copy

1899 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#63870)

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1899_BSA_Fittings_Bicycle_1

1899 Roadster Machine built entirely of BSA Fittings

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1899_Scientific_American_309

1899 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE

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1899_Strand_Magazine_1

1899 STRAND MAGAZINE: REMARKABLE CYCLES

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1899_STRAND_magazine_05

1899 STRAND MAGAZINE: WANTED – A BICYCLE

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1899-Elswick-Truss-Frame-50

1899 The Gentleman’s Elswick ‘Truss-Frame’ Roadster

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1899_Triumph_Resilient_04

1899 Triumph Resilient Model 25AA Road Racer

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1899-MAURICE-GARIN-12

1899 Velo ‘Garin’ – Societe Garin & Bernaux (Maurice Garin)

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1899 Clement Bicycle 05

1899 Velo Dame ‘Clement’

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1898_Bernasse_16

1899 Velo de Course Bernasse (Baudou Cushion Tyres)

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1899_Imperial_Rover_02

1899-1903 Imperial Rover Road Racer

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1899_Remorque_1

1899-1903 Passenger Trailer (Remorque)

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1900-Crescent-Chainless-06

1899/1900 Crescent Bevel-Gear Chainless

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1900 ROYAL ENFIELD with Band Brake 00

1900 Royal Enfield with Eadie Band Brake

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1901-Rambler-Chainless-05

1901 Gormully & Jeffery Rambler Model 38 Chainless

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1899 Royal Enfield 05

1902 Eadie Fittings Machine with Band Brake

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1904-Pope-Rambler-04

1904 Pope Men’s Rambler Chainless ‘Model 451C’ with Hygienic Cushion Frame

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1892_century Columbia

Columbia & 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Museum

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1893_Columbia_71

CYCLE BRAKES: 1894 Band Brake

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1908_New_Departure_Hubs_01

CYCLE BRAKES: 1898, A New Departure

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Buster_Keaton_Our_Hospitality_1

FRAME STYLES

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Mechanical Cogitations

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CTC DANGER SIGN OLDBIKE.EU

ROAD SAFETY: DANGER BOARDS

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The Cycle in Warfare

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Pedalling Dreams- The Raleigh Story

THE RALEIGH STORY VIDEO

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1890s_safety_bicycle_oldbike_museum11

The Safety Bicycle

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