Lot 62 1901 Beeston Humber 3-Speed Light Roadster Tricycle

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1901 Beeston Humber Light Roadster Tricycle

(Frame style and specification of the 1898 Model No 11)

with Humber Patent Double Action Band Brake to Main Axle

and Villiers 3-speed Gear

‘Size B’ (26″ Frame)

26 x 1 3/4″ Wheels

Frame No 81152

LENGTH: 60″

HEIGHT: 43″

WIDTH (Axle): 33″

WIDTH (Handlebar): 18″

Item condition: Used

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The Beeston Humber Light Roadster Tricycle is in excellent all-round condition and ready to ride. It has a fixed top tube and Humber ‘First Grade’ style front fork: though the frame number #81152 suggests 1901 manufacture, both of these specifications are shown in the 1898 Beeston Humber Roadster Tricycle catalogue illustration, though not in the 1900 or 1901 catalogues.

Humber manufactured a larger batch of tricycle frames than were sold at the time. Tricycles sold in far fewer numbers than bicycles – a tricycle was two to three times more expensive than a bicycle – and cycle makers rarely updated the tricycle illustrations in their catalogues. In my opinion, Humber over-produced for several years and used up their tricycle stock later. By 1905, a tricycle no longer appeared in the Humber catalogue: two models of motor-bicycle and five styles of automobile had taken its place, though the tricycle was still available to order.

The Villiers 3-speed gear was introduced in 1905. Humber invited owners of Humber tricycles to send their machines back to the factory for gear upgrades. Although the band brake was fitted as standard, the 1901 catalogue prices a front rim brake at an extra £1.

If you compare this machine with the illustration below, you can see it has a high frame, designated by Humber as ‘Size B’ which means that it’s a 26″ frame (measured from the centre of the crank diagonally to the top of the seat tube) with longer pedal cranks (8″) and pedals to match. Other fittings include 18″ flat handlebars and a dedicated tricycle rear carrier rack with a picnic basket in the style of the Drew & Sons fold-out picnic basket.

BICYCLE COLLECTORS CURATED ONLINE AUCTION, Xmas 2023

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

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