Bartleet’s bicycle book Public Deposited

Bartleet’s bicycle book

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • 43.f.201
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • London
  • England
Date Created
  • issued 1931
Physical extent
  • 188 pages ; 64 pages of plates
  • Bartleet's bicycle book. By Horace Wilton Bartleet.Printed and published in Great Britain by Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd., for the Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. Contents - Dedication - Page 9 / My Contribution to the Entertainment and Education of Cyclists - Page 10 / The Father of the Cycle Industry - Page 12 / The Bartleet Collection of Historic Cycles - Page 26 / Brief Particulars of Exhibits in the Bartleet Collection - Page 34 / Parts and Accessories - Page 97 / Dunlop Non-Return Valve - Page 108 / A Missing Link - Page 110 / Twenty Years After - Page 114 / The First Race on Pneumatic Tyres - Page 121 / Concerning Tricycles - Page 130 / Entertaining Incidents in the Experience of a Collector - Page 135 / Early Days of the Cycling Press - Page 147 / Annual General Meeting of the Fellowship of Ancient Cycles - Page 157 / As Others See Us - Page 162 / Winners of the British Amateur Championships - Page 170. Illustrations in the volume include: Page 20 fig. 1: James Starley’s Coventry lever tricycle, 1876. Page 21 fig. 2: James Starley’s differential gear, 1877. Page 22 : A fancy picture of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, on a “Salvo” tricycle, 1881. Page 29 : “Hobbyhorse” of 1818, found by Karl Keech of Munich in 1862 and fitted by him with pedals and cranks on the front wheel. Plate 1 : H.W. Bartleet on 53-inch “Ordinary” bicycle. Plate 2 : The birth of the British bicycle industry - an extract from the Minutes of the Coventry Sewing Machine Co. Limited’s Board Meeting, held at Cheylesmore Works, Coventry, on 15th February, 1869. Plate 3 : James Starley on his “Salvo” tricycle, the first machine to which his differential gear was fitted, 1877. Jack Keen, famous racing man and cycle-maker, 1849-1902. Plate 4 : Hobbyhorse. Date 1818. The property of Sir Edward Iliffe, Bart. Plate 5 : No. 1a. From an old print, published March 24th, 1819. No. 1b. From an old print, published March 24th, 1819. Plate 6 : No. 1c. Pub. April, 1819. " Plate 7: No. 1d. Pedestrian hobbeyhorse, 1819. Plate 8 : Kirkpatrick MacMillan’s lever-driven bicycle. Date 1839-1840. Single-seated four-wheeled velocipede, 1862. Plate 9 : Monument to Pierre and Ernest Michaux, at Bar-le-Duc. Plate 10 : Monument to James Starley, erected in Coventry in 1884. Plate 11 : Portrait of Rowley B. Turner, as he was in 1916. Mr Turner and the Velocipede on which he won a race at the Crystal Palace, May 27th, 1869. Plate 12 : No. 2. Michaux Velocipede, identical with machine brought from Paris by Rowley B. Turner in 1868. No. 3. English Bone-shaker, 1869. Plate 13 : No. 4. “Phantom,” 1869. Three-wheeled Velocipede for three riders. Plate 14 : No. 5. Ariel Bicycle, about 1871. No. 6. H.J. Lawson’s “Safety” Bicycle, 1876. Plate 15 : No. 7. H.W.Bartleet (mounted) and J.C.P. Tacagni, with “Coventry Rotary” Tricycle, 1876 (photograph taken, 1929). Plate 16 : F.J. Warman and Miss Ellen Parvin Warman was later associated with Hazlewood. James Starley’s lever-driven Lady’s Bicycle. Miss Ellen Parvin of Coventry on James Starley’s first lady’s bicycle, 1872. Note single blade to back “fork”. Page 31 : Reproduction of actual hand-writing on reverse of Portrait of Rowley B. Turner on Plate 11. Page 41 : Lawson’s chain-driven Bicyclette, 1879. Page 56 : No. 22 “Crypto” geared ordinary, 1892. Page 74 : The first B.S.A. Safety Bicycle, 1884. Plate 17: No. 10. American “Star” bicycle, 1883. No. 9. John Beale’s “Facile,” 1878. Plate 18 : No. 11. Geo. Singer’s “Xtra Ordinary,” 1979. No. 13 Geared “Facile,” 1889. Plate 19 : No. 14. 62-inch “Humber” Ordinary and No. 15 26-inch “Bourdon” . A famous Trio. Left to right - T.R. Marriott, Thomas Humber, and Fred Cooper. The fourth man in the group in T. Ackroyd. Plate 20 : No. 16. Ralph Temple’s Trick-Riding “Ordinary”. Plate 21 :“Dick” Howell of Wolverhampton with 58-inch “Rudge” Racer. No. 17. 56-inch Humber Racer, 1889. Plate 22 : No. 18. 56-inch Racer, the last “Ordinary” made by Thomas Humber, 1892. No. 19. 54-inch “Invincible” Racer. Plate 23 : No. 20. 53-inch “Pilot” Light Roadster, 1890. (Note Wisksteed’s patent stand). Reynold’s “Triangulated” Spoking System. Plate 24 : No. 21. 49-inch Singer “Rational” Ordinary. (Note Browett & Harrison’s patent stand.) No. 23. F.W. Shorland with the 36-inch Crypto - geared “front driver” on which he won the “Cuca” 24-hours’ race in 1892. Plate 25 : No. 24. Alpha “Bantam” 1896. No. 25. Harry Green on Pederson bicycle, with Bricknell hand-gear. Plate 26 : Stephen Golder of Coventry. No. 26. Mounting Stool (H.W. Barleet on Humber racing “Ordinary”) Plate 27 : No. 27 S.F. Edge (back) and J.E.L. Bates (front) on M&C “Olympia” Tandem Tricycle, 1890. Plate 28 : No. 28 “Kangaroo” Safety Bicycle, 1884. No. 30. Bamboo Frame, 1894. Plate 29 : No.31a. J.K. Starley’s first “Rover” 1884. No.31b. J.K. Starley’s second “Rover”, 1885. No.31c. J.K. Starley’s third- and final-design: the “Rover” Safety Bicycle, 1888 model. Plate 30 : No.32. Rear part of Tandem Tricycle, detachable for use by a singer rider. Date about 1884. No. 35. “Whippet” Spring-framed Safety Bicycle, 1888. Plate 31 : A.J. Wilson’s Experimental Tandem, 1885, consisting of the rear portion of a “Rover” attached to the front part of a “Kangaroo.” The riders are A.J. Wilson (rear) and Dan Albone (front). The first practical Tandem Bicycle, designed by A.J. Wilson and Dan Albone, 1886. (Note connected steering). Plate 32 : No. 45. B.S.A. Spring Frame, 1902. H.H. Gayler, Polytechnic C.C. Page 80 : The Lady’s “Ivel” Safety Bicycle, 1887. Page 90 : No. 46. Triangulated frame of lady’s bicycle; patented by C.W. Brown, made by Cogswell & Harrison Ltd., 1895. Page 91 : No. 47 Lloyd’s cross-roller gear, as fitted to the “Quadrant” chainless bicycle, 1898. Page 110 : Reprinted from The Irish Cyclist, May 30, 1923, by kind permission of Messrs. Mecredy, Percy & Co. Ltd.) Plate 33 : No. 34. “Psycho” Tricycle, about 1886. No. 54. A pure Freak!" Plate 34 : No.33. “Ivel” Racing Safety Bicycle, 1886. The first Humber Safety Bicyclem 1884. (Reproduced by kind permission of the Curator, the Science and Arts Museum, South Kensington, London.) Plate 35 : Thomas Humber. Born October, 1841. Died 23rd November, 1910, at Kingston-on-Thames, age 69. Engraving on saddle-spring of 62-inch “Ordinary” in Bartleet collection, authenticating machine as having been built by the original firm of Humber, Marriot & Cooper. Plate 36 : No. 41. “Hadley Tricycle, cushion tyres, 1892. No. 37. “Claviger” Bicycle, 1887." Plate 37 : No. 39 Marlborough Club Tricycle, cushion tyres, 1892. No. 50. “Ritter” Road-skates, 1898. Plate 38 : No. 43. “Tom Tit” Juvenile Bicycle, 1897. No.36. “Invincible” Safety Bicycle. Note single “fork.”" Plate 39 : No. 40. “Swift” Safety Bicycle, cushion tyres, 1891. No. 38. Humber Safety Bicycle, 1891. Note unique design of steering head. Plate 40 : No. 50. “Durnsely-Pedersen” Bicycle, 1896. No. 44. “Giraffe” Bicycle, 1894. Made by J.K. Starley & Co. Ltd. Plate 41 : No. 49. Longford Home-trainer, 1897. (The rider is A.E. Waters.) No. 42. Humber Bicycle, with Bondard gear, 1894. Plate 42 : No.48. “Raleigh” Racing Bicycle, 1893. (The rider is A.A. Zimmerman.) No. 51. Frame, with Cottrell’s patent driving gear, 1895. Plate 43 : No. 103. Keating’s Anti-vibration handlebar. Water-cycle (?) designed by R.W. Smith and Fred Cooper (front), S.F> Edge (centre), and R.W. Smith (rear). 1890. Plate 44 : Rucker Tandem Bicycle, 1884. D. W. Maclennan on front wheel. A.G. Rennie on back. Meyer-Guilmet Bicycle, alleged to have been built in 1868 (See page 108). Plate 45 : Herbert V. Binns, Irish Road Club. The first cyclist to race on Dunlop-Welch wired-on detachable tyres, viz., in the Dublin to Limerick race of the I.R.C., July, 1892. F.G. Fenton of Paris. Plate 46 : ‘Twenty Years After'. The Rover Bicycle of 1885. Note the position of the rider is practically identical with that to-day. J.K Starley, the man who invented the Bicycle which set the fashion to the world. Plate 47 : The Battle of Safeties A cartoon drawn by George Moore in 1885, which represents the Rover rear-driver heating the Kangaroo front-diring Safety. S. Golder is depicted on the Rover. Plate 48 : Tablet affixed to the wall of the club-room at Herne Hill Track, London, to commemorate the first race for the “Cuca Cocoa” Cup. The late Lord Bury (President of the N.C.U.) and the spring frame Rover he rode. Page 121 : Reprinted from Cycling, 28th October, 1920, by kind permission of Temple Press Ltd.) Page 123 : Reproduction of actual hand-writing on reverse of portrait of Young “Johnny” Dunlop on Plate 51. Page 131 : An Early Tricyle. Page 134 : Caricature of the Author by Hector Hughes. Page 157 : Reprinted from The Motor Cycle and Cycle Trader, December 25th, 1925, by kind permission of The Trader Publishing Co. Ltd.) Plate 49 : G.P. Mills winner of the first bicycle race from Bordeaux to Paris, 1891 with the party if Englishmen who accompanied him to France. From left to right (standing) P.C. Wilson, A. Brundrettm Rene de Knyff (of Paris), G.P. Mills, A. Lambert, H.O. Duncan, Felix Greville, P.L. Renouf; (seated) L. Stroud, Major Knox-Holmes, M.D. Rucker, Captain de Bruno Holmes. Plate 50 : J.B. Dunlop’s hands showing the canvas bag of his tyre cut open to expose the air-tube. J.B. Dunlop. Plate 51 : Young “Johnny” Dunlop on the first air-tyred bicycle ever made. (For writing on back of photo see page 121.) J.B. Dunlop, whom the press frequently stated “could not ride a bicycle.” Plate 52 : Copyright Photo: J.R. Bainbridge, Belfast. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Belfast unveils a mural tablet to the memory of J.B. Dunlop, at 26, May Street, Belfast, where tyre was first made. (Date of unveiling, December 9th, 1930.) Plate 53 : J.W. Stocks, with the Dunlop Pacing Team, Crystal Palace, 1897. Plate 54 : All that remains of the Crystal Palace Track (1929). Plate 55 : W. Hume, Belfast Cruisers C.C., the first cyclist to race on pneumatic tyres. No. 55. The actual bicycle ridden by W. Hume at the Queen’s College Sports, Belfast, on 18th May, 1889. Plate 56 : Group: Arthur Linton, “Choppy,” J. Michael, Tom Linton, referred to on page 142. Plate 57 : A.J. Wilson and G.P. Mills on “Humber” Tandem Tricycle, 1886. No. 2. Reproduction of name-Plate on spring of Michaux Velocipede in the Bartleet Collection. Plate 58 : The six racing men comprising the Irish Brigade who visited England in 1890 and won a large number of races on Dunlop tyres. B.W. Pigott. K.N. Stadnicki. R.J. Mecredy. F.F. MacCave. Ar. DuCros. Harvey DuCros, Jnr. Plate 59 : Harry Hewitt Griffin, editor of Bicycling News, 1885; well-known as a handicapper, time-keeper, and cycling journalist. George Lacy Hillier, of Chichester, with 58-inch “Arab” Bicycle, 1879. Plate 60 : Charles P. Sisley, first editor of Cycling, the culprit who suggested the compilation and publication of this volume. Alfred Harmsworth, at the age of 19, when he was acting as sub-editor of Bicycling News. Plate 61 : A.J. Wilson, Joint Editor of Bicycling Times, 1879. J.J. Henry Sturmey, editor of The Cyclist from 1879 to 1896. Plate 62 : F. Percy Low, Editor of Wheeling, 1886. Harry J. Swindely, for many years London representative of The Cyclist. Ion Swinley, the well-known actor, is his son. Plate 63 : H.L. Corts, Wanderers B.C. The first cyclist to ride 20 miles in an hour. (Crystal Palace Track, 27th July, 1882, 20 miles 300 yards.) Tom” Murphy, editor of The Irish Cyclist and Motor Cyclist from 1924-1931. Plate 64 : H.W. Bartleet with danger-board erected by him on Knockmaroon Hill, Co. Dublin, 1896. The author on his “Childsmobile” which he designed in 1905, and rode- with his son as passenger- till 1912. Page 161 : Front page - actual size - of Thomas Humber’s first price-list, 1874. Page 162 : Extracts selected by the publishers from comments and criticisms which visitors to the Bartleet Collection have been good enough to put into writing in my writing in my visitors’ book.
Resource type
  • ink
  • book cloth (textile material)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • 43-F-201_001
  • 0102050


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