ORIGINS: EMPIRE

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The initial ‘cycle boom’ of the late 1880s and 1890s created a massive new market for manufacturers in Britian and America. As is normal in such circumstances, it was followed by overproduction and increased competition, leading to a slump in sales. This destroyed the US cycle industry. However, Britain retained its leading position in the world because its cycle makers contined to export to the British colonies, creating new markets around the world…

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Items in this Collection

1870-Stirling-Velocipede-06

1870 Stirling Velocipede (Australian)

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1902 Gendron Men’s Bicycle 11

1902 Gendron Men’s Bicycle (Canadian)

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1911-Anthony-Horderns-Universal-38

1911 Anthony Horderns Bushman’s Universal Bicycle

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1 WW1 Gendron Coaster Wagons ARMOURED CAR

1914/1915 WW1 Gendron Coaster Wagons: ‘Armoured Car’ & ‘Army Service Car’

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Empire-Military-Folding-Bike-05

1918 WW1 ‘Machine Folding, General Service’ Empire 26″ Wheel Model

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1936_CCM_Flyte_05

1936 CCM ‘Flyte Streamlined’

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sun special aussie

1936 Sun Special Aussie

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Malvern_Star_06

1948 Malvern Star ‘5 Star’ Track Bike

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1950 Malvern Star Coronation 05

1950 Malvern Star ‘Streamlyne’

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1960s VPW Leader Bronco 05

1970s VPW Leader Bronco (Montreal, Canada)

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1980s_rmi6

1980s Raleigh ‘RMI’ Roadmaster Gents Roadster

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boda-boda-bicycle-20

1990s ‘Boda-Boda’ Ugandan Bicycle Taxi

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airnimal_joey_04

2004 Airnimal Joey Folding Bicycle

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194902_BCMCO_ad-copy

BRITISH EMPIRE: INTRODUCTION

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1910-CCM-Motosacoche-05

CYCLE ATTACHMENT ENGINES: 1910 CCM ‘Motosacoche’ Lightweight Motorcycle

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1936_malvernstar_catalogue

EMPIRE: AUSTRALIA

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1927raleigh_africa_ad

EMPIRE: BRITISH EAST AFRICA: UGANDA

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1904-Gendron-02

EMPIRE: CANADA

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1902-rambler-tandem-nz-Dexter-Crozier-Victoria-Street-East-Auckland-copy

EMPIRE: NEW ZEALAND

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