1903 A. Hughes ‘Cheltenham’ Gent’s Roadster
Featuring a rare pre-Sunbeam integral Carter Chaincase
Though, in late Victorian era, the majority of the cycle industry was concentrated in the Midlands, the increasing popularity of the bicycle allowed small cycle-builders to open up shop all over Great Britain. Most of them bought in components and supplied the local populace.
An interesting feature of this bicycle is its Carter chaincase, above. Soon after, Sunbeam bought the rights to the Carter chaincase, to incorporate exclusively on the Sunbeam bicycle; few examples remain of this integral chaincase fitted to bicycles before that time.
Pittville St, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Located in Pittville Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 1898 and maker of the ‘Cheltenham’.
In 1905 Eadie parts were fitted and the factory was in Redditch, while the main office remained at Pittville Street, Cheltenham. Either Eadie coaster hub or Hyde freewheel was offered, as well as Fagan 2-speed hub. Some models in 1905 had a six-pointed star chainwheel and others had six tangential arms from the centre. There were seven models offered in 1905, all bicycles and no juvenile machines and front mudguards did not have forward extensions. The ‘Cheltenham’ model name seems to have been dropped by 1905.
The chain wheel was a distinguishing feature of the Hughes bicycle.