The Quadrant Tricycle Co was one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the early days of cycling, introducing many innovations in bicycles and tricycles. The ‘Dwarf Safety’ featured here is a basic model that was developed into various forms of spring frame over the following three years, including several varieties of sprung saddle and seat post, sprung front wheel, and sprung front fork.
1889 Quadrant ‘No 17’ Dwarf Safety Roadster
with Quadrant Suspension Wheel & Saddle
Lamplugh & Brown ‘Long Distance’ saddle
Sprung steering head
Lever operated Rear spoon brake
30″ Front Spring Wheel with Solid tyre
26″ Rear Wheel
These two Quadrant accessories were not offered together, ready fitted to a bicycle. The spring saddle did go into production, and sold successfully. However, the Quadrant spring wheel as illustrated in their advertisements was wrong – the springs clashed with the spokes. I redesigned the spring wheel so it is functional and had one made. I’ve owned this Quadrant for around 8 years and added these parts to it in 2021.
I need to add rubbers to the pedals, then this unique suspension safety bicycle will be ready to ride.
QUADRANT SUSPENSION SADDLE SPRING
TWO PATENTED QUADRANT SUSPENSION ACCESSORIES