1939 Triumph for disabled cyclist
Built in the German Nurnberg factory
Torpedo coaster brake (hub dated 1939)
This German Triumph herrenrad was adapted for a disabled rider. The right side pedal is not connected, so you drive it with the left pedal only. After you start pedalling the momentum pushes the bicycle along well, though it’s harder work with only one pedal when you go uphill.
I bought this from my German friend Jurgen when he found it in 2011, as I’d never seen this arrangement before (and have not seen one since). I’m a longtime Triumph collector, and this is one of the most obscure Triumphs I’ve found. Some years ago I researched the company’s formative years and created a Triumph Cyce Museum – there’s a link to it towards the bottom of the page.
This rare Triumph is cosmetically unrestored, well-preserved, fully functional, and interesting to ride.
1930s GERMAN TRIUMPH CATALOGUE EXTRACT
GERMAN TRIUMPH TRICK RIDER