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B1262 Bicycle, tandem safety, loop frame lady front and gents rear type, metal / rubber / leather, maker unknown, probably England, 1890-1900. Click to enlarge.

Tandem safety bicycle

Made 1890-1900

Bicycle, tandem safety, loop frame lady front and gents rear type, metal / rubber / leather, maker unknown, probably England, 1890-1900

This tandem is termed a lady-front, as the front step-through section of the frame is designed for a woman and the back section of the frame is suitable for a man. The handlebars are almost flat and swept back (North Road style), and the steering is coupled by rods fixed to the base of each steering tube. The frame is finished in black paint with gold lining.

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Summary

Object No.

B1262

Object Statement

Bicycle, tandem safety, loop frame lady front and gents rear type, metal / rubber / leather, maker unknown, probably England, 1890-1900

Physical Description

Bicycle, tandem safety, loop frame lady front and gents rear type, metal / rubber / leather, maker unknown, probably England, 1890-1900

This tandem is termed a lady-front, as the front step-through section of the frame is designed for a woman and the back section of the frame is suitable for a man. The handlebars are almost flat and swept back (North Road style), and the steering is coupled by rods fixed to the base of each steering tube. The frame is finished in black paint with gold lining.

The wheels have tangential spokes and pneumatic tyres. There is a front cable brake on the 28 inch front wheel. The back wheel is slightly smaller at 26 inches diameter. The two sets of pedals drive the back wheel via a single chain. The pedals have rubber grips. The saddles are sprung and made of leather.

Dimensions

Height

1170 mm

Depth

490 mm

Production

Made

1890-1900

History

Notes

The bicycle was purchased with several others from collector Mr R Nash in 1954.

The front brake, pedals, chain and saddles have been replaced at some stage.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1954

Acquisition Date

16 August 1954

Cite this Object

Harvard

Tandem safety bicycle 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 April 2019, <https://ma.as/207243>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/207243 |title=Tandem safety bicycle |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 April 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Store 3 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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