This style of Beeston Humber Gents’ tricycle (with a horizontal top tube rather than an upsloping top tube) was introduced by the company in 1896, and named the Model 11. Modifications in 1899 included a shorter seat post, optional front rim brake, and the new design of Beeston front fork which incorporated a duplex pattern to make Beeston machines instantly recognisable. The example featured here is the 1896 pattern.
1899 Humber Gents’ Roadster Tricycle
Model No 11 with Convertible Top tube
Humber Patent Double Action Band Brake to Main Axle
26 x 1 3/4″ Wheels
WIDTH (Axle): 33″
WIDTH (Handlebar): 18″
Frame No 44670 B
The Beeston Humber Light Roadster Tricycle is in excellent all-round condition and ready to ride. It has a convertible top tube – it can be removed to turn it into a ladies’ version – and Humber ‘First Grade’ style front fork.
I also have an option to buy a c1898 front end for it that converts the tricycle into a quadricycle forecar (see photo). This was a popular conversion when these tricycles were motorised (with a de Dion engine).
1901 HUMBER CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
CONVERTIBLE TOP TUBE
BAND BRAKE: Linkage from Lever to Rear Axle + Diff
SHORT VIDEO of BEN RIDING THE 1899 HUMBER TRICYCLE