1901 Crypto X Frame Tandem Tricycle with trailer

 ITEM 1 / 105  NEXT 

BACK TO START

“At the 1900 Stanley Show a wide selection of machines were shown varying in price from £10 10s. to £21 10s. for bicycles plus Racer and Roadster tandems at £23 and £24 10s. respectively. The ‘Crypto’ Roadster weighed only 28lbs. Also in 1900 it produced rear drivers with ‘Collier’ two-speed gear and ‘Gardner-Hearson’ brake and a ‘Flexor’ spring frame. The General Manager was then W. G. James. The 1907 catalogue offered six bicycles, from £6 15s to £8 15s., two tandems, two tricycles and a tandem tricycle. The company was then trading from 14 Mortimer Street, London. The company became the Crypto Car and Cycle Co. and there was a brief flirtation with motor cycles and even a car, then motor car components under the leadership of W. G. James. Having started in 1898 to make an electric food mincing machine, and then a food mixing machine, using the epicyclic gear, eventually the company became Crypto Peerless, part of the Electrolux group.”

– Ray Miller’s Encyclopaedia

Best known for their geared front drivers in the 1890s, Crypto expanded their range as the 20th century approached. For a short while their products included motor bicycles and cars. They built this Lawson motor tricycle in 1900.

1901 Crypto X Frame Tandem Tricycle

with Passenger Trailer

Abingdon No 4 patent axle

Adjustable Tandem Back Handlebar

Frame 23″ front / 22″ rear

26″ Wheels

LENGTH (with trailer) 12.5 ft

 

A Crypto X Frame tandem is a very rare beast. This tandem tricycle version with passenger trailer is a unique survivor. It’s in superb condition and ready to ride.,

 

 

 

EXTRACTS from THE TANDEM: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE by JAMES PEATLING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907 CRYPTO CATALOGUE EXTRACTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS MODEL:

1890 CRYPTO CORONA TANDEM TRICYCLE for LADIES

THE PASSENGER TRAILER

 

 

 

X FRAME TANDEM COMPARISON: CRYPTO v RALEIGH

 

TO SEE THE

RALEIGH X FRAME TANDEM

PLEASE CLICK HERE