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Rob Orland
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1 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 12:52pm  
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As the Highfield Road topic was changing focus onto something else - and just as interesting in its own right - I thought it would be worthwhile beginning a topic about James Starley and his bikes. If nobody objects, I'll now move the relevant posts across to this one....
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morgana
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2 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 12:53pm  
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The first Penny fathing was made in Liverpool also according to a set of 8 really old books I had called Cassels book of knowledge it was two french brothers who first invented the bicycle Oh my but here is one from Coventry Big grin
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K
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3 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 1:07pm  
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dutchman
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4 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 2:33pm  
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On 30th Dec 2011 12:53pm, morgana said: The first Penny fathing was made in Liverpool also according to a set of 8 really old books I had called Cassels book of knowledge it was two french brothers who first invented the bicycle
John Kemp Starley developed the first recognisably modern bicycle in Coventry. Even the French admit that: LINK Smile
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5 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 6:52pm  
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Wasn't there a relief of a Starley cycle on the monument erected to his memory near Greyfriars Green?
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morgana
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6 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 7:25pm  
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LINK Interesting one that went 140 mph
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Rob Orland
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7 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 8:09pm  
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On 30th Dec 2011 6:52pm, KeithLeslie said: Wasn't there a relief of a Starley cycle on the monument erected to his memory near Greyfriars Green?
Yep.... A 2009 photo: And this is an older photo I took in 2005 showing the other two sides:
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Rob Orland
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8 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 8:20pm  
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On 30th Dec 2011 12:53pm, morgana said: The first Penny fathing was made in Liverpool also according to a set of 8 really old books I had called Cassels book of knowledge it was two french brothers who first invented the bicycle Oh my but here is one from Coventry Big grin
According to the super book "Wheels Within Wheels" by Geoffrey Williamson, James Starley and William Hillman took out a joint patent in 1870 for the Ariel, the first of the "Penny Farthing" style of bicycle. As far as I know, they were made in Coventry, although many manufacturers soon sprung up with copies and variations of Starley's design in places like Wolverhapmton, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Brighton, Cheltenham and King's Lynn.
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9 of 24  Fri 30th Dec 2011 10:08pm  
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I thought - and you can see it on the monument - the Ariel wasn't what we would recognise as a penny farthing - with a large driving wheel one side, and two small steering wheels the other, with one or two seats in between - a trike, really. However, this website says differently - LINK, so seemingly he did devise the penny farthing. So I stand (sit?) corrected...
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Foxcote
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10 of 24  Sat 9th Nov 2013 8:45pm  
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This old photograph could be placed in a number of topics but here it is and it's a link to an interesting site for all things connected to the motor/cycle trade. Meteor Works, Queen Victoria Road
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dutchman
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11 of 24  Sat 9th Nov 2013 10:24pm  
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^^^That's actually Garfield Road which was later renamed Rover Road but is better known as being the entrance to the market. Smile
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Foxcote
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12 of 24  Sun 10th Nov 2013 7:43am  
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Thanks Dutchman, I may as well put the other one on as it's a great shot of the workforce. Factory Workers
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Dreamtime
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13 of 24  Sun 10th Nov 2013 1:59pm  
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Midland Red
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14 of 24  Thu 5th Jun 2014 5:54pm  
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Thousands of bicycles around Oxford today, but one "jumped out" at me during my perambulation around that city!
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TonyS
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15 of 24  Thu 5th Jun 2014 7:13pm  
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Well spotted! I can read the "Coventry", what does the other text say?
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