DESIGNS: TALL BIKES (28" Frames or Taller)

In the early days of the cycle industry, the customer was the king. Manufacturers’ catalogues presented a variety of models to provide a choice of frame styles as well as options such as wheel sizes and gears. However, a customer could choose any specification they wished. Companies would build a bicycle from scratch according to their requirements. The most common ‘special order’ was frame size. A 26 or 28 inch frame was usually the largest shown as an option in catalogues. But, if a customer was even taller, they could request an even larger machine…

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1896 ‘THE AMERICA’ Truss Frame

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1896/1897 Helical Premier (Tall 28″ Frame)

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

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1904-1908 Centaur Featherweight Tall 28″ Frame

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1907 Royal Enfield Standard Girder Tall Frame

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1909 Lea-Francis Men’s Cycle (Tall 28″ Frame Size)

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

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1910 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Green, Tall frame)

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1911 BSA Light Roadster (28″ Frame)

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1911 Royal Premier 30″ Helical Truss Frame

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1912 Imperial Triumph Tall 29″ Frame with Band Brake

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1913 James 28″ Police Constabulary Bicycle

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1914 BSA All-Weather Special Order 28″ Frame

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1914 Swift ‘Cheylesmore’ Tall 28″ Frame

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1918 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Tall 28″ Frame)

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1919 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen 28″ Frame

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1920 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen (28″ Frame)

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1924 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Tall 30″ Frame)

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1928 JG Grose Boxer 28″ Frame Roadster

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1929 Raleigh Modele Superbe 30″ X Frame – The World’s Tallest Cross Frame

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1930s Extended-frame 32.25″ Tall Roadster

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1932 All Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen 28″ TALL FRAME

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1932 BSA Gent’s 28″ Roadster with Double Top Tube

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1936 Golden Sunbeam 28″ Tall frame with Double Top Tube

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1970s Tall Bike with Sidecar

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