Cycle Industry, its origin, history and latest developments

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Walter Ferdinando Grew 1921
  • Early history and origin of the bicycle
  • The tricycle era
  • Tandem bicycles
  • Materials
  • From the stores to the railway dray
  • Production methods
  • The pneumatic and other tyres
  • Change speed gears
  • Spring frames
  • The trade and racing
  • The cycle boom
  • Roads in Great Britain
  • The weight question
  • The bicycle on the continent
  • Military and other service bicycles
  • In the factory
  • Accessories
  • Pioneer rides
  • The motor cycle
  • The future of the industry
  • Advertisements
From the velocipede to the motor cycle in twenty chapters. A short history of the British bicycle industry from its origins in a Coventry sewing machine factory in 1868 to its transformation into one of the countries most important industries. A reminder of the days when bicycles ruled the roads from the Pitman's Common Commodities and Industry Series. - Summary by Phil Benson

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