1895 Rudge-Whitworth No 3 Road Racer

              1896 was an exciting year in bicycle design: the diamond frame was introduced and, of course, this style prevails today. 1886 had seen the introduction of the crossframe and, each year through that decade, the crossframe developed more (and bigger) strengthening stays until it took on the appearance […]

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1890 Woodhead, Angois & Ellis ‘Raleigh’ Road Racer

1890 Woodhead, Angois & Ellis ‘Raleigh’ Road Racer Frame no 1972 The Earliest Known Raleigh Safety Bicycle   The original company name was Woodhead, Angois & Ellis, changing to Raleigh Cycle Co around 1890. I’m not sure when Frank Bowden bought into the company. The Raleigh website says 1887, and the Cycle Encyclopaedia says 1891. This Raleigh is […]

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1897 Victoria Triumph for Ladies

THE TRIUMPH OF VENUS     1897 Victoria Triumph No 15 for Ladies 23″ Frame 26″ Wheels Frame No 12873 Brown Brothers Saddle       Any vintage bicycle retaining its original transfers is wonderful. But a bicycle that proudly declares its name in gilt 115 years after manufacture is a real treasure. This is […]

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1900 The Ladies’ Golden Sunbeam

Where Helen sits, the darkness is so deep, No Golden Sunbeam strikes athwart the gloom; No mother’s smile, no glance of loving eyes, Lightens the shadow of the lonely room. * Yet the clear whiteness of her radiant soul Decks the dim walls, like angel vestments shed. The lvoely light of holy inoocence Shines like […]

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1913 Dursley Pedersen No 3 Cantilever Standard

I may say that after 2000 miles on the Cantilever I would not return to the Diamond Frame for anything. There is no comparison between the two. I can take hills quite easily that are considered unrideable by string riders. I find side slip has no terrors for me now, on the Dursley Pedersen. – […]

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1909 Resilient Royal Centaur

This rapid steed which cannot stand Follows the motion of my hand An iron Centaur we ride the land – Longfellow This Resilient Centaur has so many unique (and interesting) features that it’s not easy to take it all in at first viewing. A new design of ‘Diagonal’ frame was introduced in 1909: It consists […]

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1902 BSA Spring Frame Roadster ‘The Victoria’

1902-1904 BSA Spring Frame Roadster Built by Haviland, Richard & Co, Small Heath, Birmingham ‘The Victoria’ Sloping Top-Tube 26″ Frame and 26″ Wheels After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, there was a surge of products named ‘Victoria’ in commemoration. ‘The Victoria’ transfer is still readable on this BSA’s down tube.   The Spring Frame […]

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