Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Royal Triumph Bicycle, 1912


This fine example of an Edwardian Bicycle was built by Triumph, now more well known for their motorcycles (which they made together with their biycles in the Edwardian era, and motor cars post-WW1), at their works in Coventry in 1912. New, it would have cost £9, and like other old bicycles has a fixed back wheel, meaning that you can't 'free wheel' on it as you can with modern bicycles, as the pedals and wheel are always connected so the pedals will continue to go around as the rear wheel does.

The low handle bar position shows that the bicycle was made for racing - the lower handle bar position makes the rider naturally go into a more streamlined position


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