HISTORY: EARLY BICYCLE BRAKES

The freewheel hub, introduced in 1898, provided a boon to the creation of better brakes and, in the following four years, many different types of front and rear brake were invented and fitted to bicycles. The majority were only in production for a short time as, by around 1904, the rim brake became the industry standard in Britain and the coaster brake in the USA.
So it’s interesting 110 years later, with the benefit of hindsight, to examine the various braking systems that were obscure almost as soon as they appeared…

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Items in this Collection

1898 Humber Light Roadster 03

1898 Humber Light Roadster (‘The Hub’ Two-speed gear)

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1898-Quadrant-Tricycle-031

1898 Quadrant Gent’s Tricycle ‘No 8B’ with Band Brake

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1899 George Ace Eadie 05

1899 ‘George Ace’ Eadie Fittings Roadster

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1899-Eadie-Road-Racer-04

1899 Eadie Fittings Road Racer

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1899 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster 01 copy

1899 Quadrant Chainless Light Roadster (#63870)

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1899_Quadrant_Convertible_Tricycle_03

1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1899 Quadrant Tricycle 05

1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1900-BSA-Backpedal-Brake-08

1900 BSA Back-pedalling Brake

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FOR SALE 1900 BSA Fittings Machine

1900 BSA Fittings Machine (Brakes: Bowden rear; thumb lever front)

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1896_Humber_Synyer_051

1900 Humber First Grade Free Wheel Lady’s Safety (with Band brake)

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1900 Le Petit Frien

1900 Le Petit Frien

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1900 ROYAL ENFIELD with Band Brake 00

1900 Royal Enfield with Eadie Band Brake

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1909 Alcyon Foot Brake 05

1900-1905 Alcyon with Rear Foot Brake

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1901 Beeston Humber Tricycle 04

1901 Beeston Humber Convertible Tricycle (Cordner 2-speed gear & Band Brake)

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1901_New_Hudson_08

1901 New Hudson ‘Royal’ Ladies

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1901_royal_sunbeam_01

1901 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1901 BSA Gents Springframe 05

1901-1903 BSA Gents’ Springframe (with Patent Backpedal Brake)

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1899 Royal Enfield 05

1902 Eadie Fittings Machine with Band Brake

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FOR SALE 1902 Royal Enfield ‘Model B’ Roadster 05

1902 Royal Enfield ‘Model B’ Roadster

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FOR SALE 1903_Humber_05

1903 Humber No. 14 Gent’s Roadster with Double-Action Backpedal Band Brake

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1903-Osmond-05

1903 Osmond Roadster

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chainless_trussframe_02

1904 Columbia 28″ Cushion Arch-bar Chainless Roadster with Hartford Tire Coaster Brake

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1908 Royal Enfield Duplex 05

1908 Royal Enfield Duplex Road Racer

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1909 Lea Francis Men’s Cycle 40

1909 Lea-Francis Men’s Cycle (with Dursley Pedersen 3-speed gear)

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1910 Halford Club Roadster 05

1910 Halford Club Roadster

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1910s PORTEUR Goods 05

1910 Velo Porteur ‘Goods’

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1910_Raleigh_01-copy

1910/1911 Raleigh Gents Roadster with Concealed Roller Lever Brakes

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1912-Imperial-Triumph-29-Inch-Frame-04

1912 Imperial Triumph Tall 29″ Frame with Band Brake

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1-1912-Royal-Triumph-No-5-Roadster

1912 Royal Triumph No 5 Roadster (with Band brake)

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1914_Robin_Hood_25-copy

1915 Robin Hood Girder-Frame Roadster with Concealed Roller Lever Brakes

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1928_Rudge_03

1928 Rudge-Whitworth No 28 Lady’s Standard Bicycle (with Coupled Brakes)

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1937 BSA 3 Speed Roadster 05

1937 BSA Club Tourist Model with Hub Brakes

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1893_Columbia_71

CYCLE BRAKES: 1894 Band Brake

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1908_New_Departure_Hubs_01

CYCLE BRAKES: 1898, A New Departure

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1914_Triumph_33

CYCLE BRAKES: 1900-1914, Triumph Band Brake

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EADIE-COASTER-1-copy

CYCLE BRAKES: c1908 Eadie Coaster Brochure

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