GOOD VIBRATIONS – In the first few years of the twentieth century, the buzzword among cycle manufacturers in Britain and the United States was ‘vibration.’ The first motor bicycles were hitting the road and there was a worry about the impact of their engines on the frames. Also frame strength and hard rides were mentioned in the press every now and then.
In Britain this resulted in spring frame and cross frame bicycles. In America, the industry responded to the challenge with sprung front forks and also the ‘cushion frame’, meaning there was a ‘shock absorber’ on the rear fork. Though it might not be immediately apparent from the pictures, it’s the entire rear triangle of the machine that is cushioned, with the fulcrum at the bottom bracket. The outer case is rigid to the frame, while the inner case rotates.
This was one of America’s top bicycles in the early 1900s. Its sale price of $80 was around £16 10/- in Britain. That’s the same as a single speed Dursley Pedersen but cheaper than a Raleigh X Frame, Centaur Featherweight or Quadrant Chainless, which were the most expensive bicycles in the world. By comparison, 1902 motor bicycles were around £45 and cars around £125.
This example is in remarkably well-preserved original condition, with little use during its lifetime. Everything works as it should and it’s ready to ride, to display …and to amaze anyone who sees it!
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.