Tubular tyres on 1910 No 4 Aero Special Path Racer, with Fairbanks wooden sprint rims.

HISTORY: The wooden bicycle wheel was introduced by A.C Fairbanks, with patents 1893-1897. He was an American banjo maker, and the rim was actually a variation of the wooden rim used inside a banjo’s metal outer casing. You can see it here on the inside of my 1886 Fairbanks & Cole banjo. A.C Fairbanks set …

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Triumph Cycle co

This group celebrates the early years of Bettmann & Co and the Triumph Cycle Co. It’s PRE-1939 TRIUMPH BICYCLES ONLY. …and I suppose the occasional early Triumph motorcycle picture too The first company was started by Siegfried Bettman in 1886, with funding provided by the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co. Mauritz Johann Schulte became Bettmann’s partner …

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Risen from the Deep

  Like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, this Ariel ‘Featherweight’ X Frame strides out of the River Ouse to take its rightful place in bicycle history. George Morris of the Referee Cycle Co patented most permutations of X Frame bicycle. He had an arrangement with Charles Sangster of Components Ltd to make and sell …

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