Lot 57 1894 Humber Pattern Safety Bicycle

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c1894 ‘Humber Pattern’ Safety Bicycle with upward sloping top tube

Road Racing Style with rat trap slotted pedals

23″ Frame

30″ Front wheel

28″ Rear wheel

Item condition: Used

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This lovely old safety bicycle has a 30 inch wheel at the front and 28 inch at the rear, a popular configuration that meant the back end was slightly lower to provide for a rider with shorter legs. Pneumatic tyres were still a novelty at this time, and could add an extra 20% to the cost of a machine compared with solid rubber tyres. This example has a cushion tyre stretched onto the front rim as it is no longer possible to obtain 30 inch pneumatic tyres.

With 100+ makers and fittings suppliers all selling the same style of bicycle, unless a company name is stamped onto a machine or its original transfer (decal) has survived, it’s impossible to know who made such bicycles. They were all built to a high standard and so expensive that only the gentry could afford them.

Bicycle design changed in 1885/1896 to a diamond frame with a horizontal top tube, at which point this style of machine with an upward sloping top tube became noticeably out of date. But these days we don’t want the latest 1890s designs: instead it’s these earlier ‘dinosaurs’ we like, the beasts that ruled the roads before the internal combustion engine created an altogether noisier form of personal transportation.

If state-of-the-art technology from 129/130 years ago is what you prefer in your daily rider, this ‘dinosaur’ safety is waiting for you! It’s a lightweight Road Racer with rat trap slotted pedals, it’s in good all-round condition and is ready to ride home.

BICYCLE COLLECTORS CURATED ONLINE AUCTION, Xmas 2023

This Timed Auction is live from 24th December @ 2-30pm to 1st January, 2024. Highest bid wins.

NO BUYERS or SELLERS PREMIUM.

THE RESERVE IS THE START PRICE + BUY-IT-NOW OPTION.

INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY: NO PACKING FEES.

BIDDING INCREMENTS: Up to £1000 = £10. Over £1000 = £50. Over £2000 = £100

IT’S A CURATED AUCTION – Colin is the auctioneer and is available to chat to you personally during the auction (or before) by email, text message, phonecall,  Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp.

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