1. SAFETY BICYCLES: 1886-1899

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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1876 BSA Martini-Henry Rifle / 1899 BSA Fittings Machine

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1880s Facile Geared Front-driver (Replica)

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

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1884 Ellis & Co ‘Facile’

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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 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Cross frame Safety

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1886 Pausey Pioneer Cross-Frame Safety

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1886 Tac (Crossframe) Safety Roadster

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

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

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1887 Starley & Sutton ‘Special’ Rover

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1887 The Victor Safety (Cross frame Springfork)

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1888 Bayliss, Thomas ‘Excelsior’ Dwarf Safety

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1888 Crossframe with Joseph Bates Drawbolt Chain Adjuster

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

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1888 Ormonde Safety ‘No 2’

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1888 Rudge Bicyclette Dwarf Safety Roadster with Spring Fork

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1888 Sharratt & Lisle Crossframe Safety

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1889 A. Jackson & Co ‘Fleet’ Diamond

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1889 Coventry Machinists Co ‘Swift’ Safety Bicycle

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1889 Coventry Machinists Swift Safety ‘No 1’

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1889 Cross frame Safety (attributed to Mascotte)

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1889 Crossframe Safety with Humber Fittings

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1889 Harry S Roberts Special Gent’s Safety Bicycle

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1889 Jackson & Beeston ‘Globe’

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1889 Metropolitan Machinists’ Co ‘Juno’ Path Racer

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1889 Quadrant ‘No 17’ Dwarf Safety Roadster

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1889 Swift Safety Crossframe (Coventry Machinists’ Co)

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

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1889/1890 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety

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

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1890 ‘Special Singer’ Safety

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1890 Crossframe with Front Suspension and Integral Steering

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1890 G&J American Ideal Rambler (for Girls)

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘The Premier’ Convertible

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1890 Manchester Cycle Mfg Co ‘Irwell No 2’

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

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1890 Peugeot Cross Frame Safety

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1890 Peugeot Crossframe ‘Bicyclette Populaire’

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1890 Raleigh Catalogue

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1890 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant No 2

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1890 Union Cycle Mfg Co ‘Convertible’ Safety

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1890 Woodhead, Angois & Ellis ‘Raleigh’ Road Racer

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

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1890s-1920s MEN & BICYCLES

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1891 Calcott ‘XL’ Crossframe Safety

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1891 Columbia Light Roadster Safety

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1891 Matthew Smith ‘Earl’ Truss-Tube Safety

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1891 Overman Victor Spring-fork Safety

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1891 Premier ‘Model F’

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1891 Referee Pattern Diamond Frame Safety

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1891 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant ‘Modele H’

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1891 Sharratt & Lisle ‘Star’ Safety Bicycle

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1891 Sharratt & Lisle STAR Crossframe Safety with cushion tyres

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1891 Singer Apollo Safety

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1891 TAC Safety Roadster

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1891 The Premier Model F (Restored)

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1892 Bicyclette Quadrant ‘No 22’

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1892 Century Columbia (Duplex frame)

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1892 Clement & Cie ‘Modele 1892’

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1892 Elliott Hickory ‘A’ Safety Bicycle

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1892 Elliott Hickory Solid-Tyre Safety Bicycle

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1892 Iver Johnson ‘No 1’ Diamond Safety

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

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1892 Kirkpatrick Saddle

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1892 Mayflower ‘Model D’ Cushion Tyre Safety 

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1892 OLD HICKORY ALMANAC

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1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 …with Ellipictal Gear

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1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 (For Restoration)

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1893 Columbia Century Roadster

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1893 Columbia Model 32 Road Racer with Elliptical Chainwheel

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1893 E.J West ‘Progress’ Pneumatic Light Roadster

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1893 HICKORY WHEEL Co CATALOGUE

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1893 Humber Road Racer (Paris Depot)

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1893 Overman Victor Flyer

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1893 Rudge Racing Safety (Model D)

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1893 Swift Model E Light Roadster

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1893: OVERMAN VICTOR DISPLAY at the WORLD’S FAIR

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

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1894 Bridgeport Cyclometer (Bridgeport Gun Implement Co)

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1894 Men’s Rambler Model 16

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1894 Premier Model A93 with Helical Tubing

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1894 Singer Light Roadster

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1894: ACROSS ASIA ON A BICYCLE

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1894/1895 GOOD ROADS CAMPAIGN

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1895 ‘Electric’ Lightweight Road Racer

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1895 Ariel Roadster (Goshen, Indiana, USA)

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1895 Clement & Cie Bicyclette No 1

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1895 Crypto ‘Bantam’ F.D Safety No 2

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1895 Gladiator de Route

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1895 Goldsworthy Juvenile Convertible

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1895 Humber ‘Model B’ Safety Export Model

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1895 Hurtu Safety Bicycle

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1895 New Light Popular Rover

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

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1895 OVERLAND MAGAZINE: A MODERN CENTAUR

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1895 Overman Victor Safety

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1895 Peugeot ‘Bicyclette Lion’

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1895 Premier with Helical Tubing

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1895 Rudge-Whitworth No 3 Road Racer

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1895 Safety Bicycle with Reversed Swift Chainwheel

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1895 Sharratt & Lisle ‘Special Popular Star’ 

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1895/1896 Bard Roadster

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1896 Chater Lea Fittings Machine

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1896 Columbia Model 40 Military Model with Colt Machine Gun

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1896 Crypto Bantam

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1896 CYCLING WORLD ILLUSTRATED

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1896 Eagle ‘Model B’ New York Police Bicycle

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1896 Fowler Truss Frame

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1896 Gladiator Military Folding Bicycle

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1896 GOOD ROADS CAMPAIGN

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1896 Mikael Pedersen Small Men’s Bicycle

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1896 MUNSEY: THE WORLD AWHEEL

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1896 OVERLAND MAGAZINE: ADVERTISING POSTERS

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1896 Patin Bicyclette Road Skates (Richard-Choubersky)

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1896 Raleigh ‘No 5’ Road Racer

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1896 Ritter Road Skates

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1896 Ritter Road Skates

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1896 Ritter Road Skates (Size 11 1/2)

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1896 Ritter Skates (Road Skate Co)

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1896 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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1896 S.H Justin Spitfire

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1896 Terrot a Chaine Lavigne

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1896 THE WHEEL 21st August

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1896 THE WHEEL 28th August

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1896 USA Liquid Pistol (Parker Stearns & Sutton)

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

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

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1896: DANGERS & BENEFITS of the BICYCLE

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1896/1897 BSA Fittings Machine (Racing Frame)

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1896/1897 Helical Premier (Tall 28″ Frame)

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1896/1897 W. Beard Solid Tyre Safety

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1897 ‘THE AMERICA’ Truss Frame

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1897 ‘The Special Sunbeam’

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1897 Arnold & Daniel Catalogue: Cycling Outfits

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1897 Clement & Cie ‘Velo Piste’

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1897 Crypto Bantam Geared Ordinary

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1897 CYCLING MAGAZINE

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1897 CYCLING WORLD ILLUSTRATED

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1897 Daniels ‘Foot Cycle’ 3-Wheel Roller Skates

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1897 Fowler Straight Frame Bicycle

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1897 Fowler Truss Frame – Catalogue

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1897 Gibbs & Wright 2-Wheeled Roller Skates

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1897 Humber Coventry Light Roadster

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1897 Royal Triumph No 1AA for Gents

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1897 Rudge Wedge Roadster

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1897 Singer Modele de Luxe Path Racer

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1897 Spalding 25th Infantry Military ‘Special’

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1897 Velo Dame au Bon Marche, Paris

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1897: LEARNING TO RIDE

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1897/1898 Centaur No 2 Roadster

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1898 Alldays Matchless Military Roadster

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1898 Bamboo Cycle Co Light Roadster

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1898 Bayliss, Thomas ‘Excelsior’ Roadster

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

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1898 Chisty Anatomical Saddle

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1898 Columbia Model 50 Chainless

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1898 Cooper No 4 Roadster

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1898 Crescent ‘No 3’ Boy’s Bicycle

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1898 Easling & Smith Gents Roadster

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1898 Ericsson Field Telephone ‘C’ Mk 1

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1898 Gladiator de Route

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

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1898 Marriott ‘Hunter’ 29″ Roadster

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1898 Monarch Defiance

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1898 Pennell & Co ‘Armstrong’ Path Racer

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1898 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#55291)

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1898 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#57425)

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1898 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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1898 Teetor Railway Cycle (Light Inspection Car)

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1898 Triumph Resilient Model 24AA

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1898 Union Supply Co ‘Union Jack’

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1899 ‘George Ace’ Eadie Fittings Roadster

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

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1899 A.W Gamage Midget Safety

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1899 Beeston Humber Chainless Safety (Metropole Acatene)

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1899 Beeston Humber Light Roadster (with Detachable Joints)

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1899 Bicyclette Liberator

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1899 Bicyclette Phebus

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

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1899 Clement de Luxe Path Racer

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1899 Cleveland Model 47 Men’s Bicycle

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1899 Eadie Fittings Road Racer

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1899 Eadie Fittings Track Racer

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1899 Gormully & Jeffery Men’s Medium Weight Rambler Roadster

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1899 Gormully & Jeffery Rambler (Denmark)

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1899 Joseph Harrison ‘Flying Arrow’ Gent’s Roadster

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1899 L’Acatene-Metropole Velleda ‘Model 207’

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1899 Luthy & Co Fairy King

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1899 Peugeot ‘Bicyclette Lion A’

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1899 Peugeot Freres a Valentigney ‘Bicyclette Extra’

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1899 Roadster Machine built entirely of BSA Fittings

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1899 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE

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1899 STRAND MAGAZINE: REMARKABLE CYCLES

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1899 STRAND MAGAZINE: WANTED – A BICYCLE

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

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1899 Triumph Resilient Model 25AA Road Racer

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

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1899 Velo Dame ‘Clement’

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1899 Velo de Course Bernasse (Baudou Cushion Tyres)

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1899-1903 Imperial Rover Road Racer

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1899-1903 Passenger Trailer (Remorque)

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1899/1900 Crescent Bevel-Gear Chainless

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1900 Royal Enfield with Eadie Band Brake

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1901 Gormully & Jeffery Rambler Model 38 Chainless

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1902 Eadie Fittings Machine with Band Brake

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

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Columbia & 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Museum

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CYCLE BRAKES: 1894 Band Brake

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CYCLE BRAKES: 1898, A New Departure

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FRAME STYLES

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Mechanical Cogitations

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ROAD SAFETY: DANGER BOARDS

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The Cycle in Warfare

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THE RALEIGH STORY VIDEO

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The Safety Bicycle

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