Coventry's Bicycle Heritage

Coventry's Bicycle Heritage

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Coventry has a remarkable cycling heritage. From the first velocipedes built in 1868, the city went on to become the home of the British Cycle Industry, and at one time produced the greatest output of cycles in the world - with well in excess of 350 individual cycle manufacturers over a 100 year period. The Coventry Machinists' Company were the first in Britain to mass produce cycles, and steadily, more and more companies were established in the city. Soon Coventry became internationally recognised as being a place where only the very best machines were made, and the name 'Coventry' itself became a stamp of quality engineering and fine craftmanship. Some of the cycle businesses became world famous for their reputable products, including the likes of Singer, Premier, Rover, and Triumph. Others were less well known and produced machines assembled from other local companies, yet the fact that they were built in Coventry often gave them the advantage over others, and their legacies are still enjoyed by cyclists today.1820) first apprenticed as a wood turner before making the move south to Coventry during the early 1840s. ... number of secondhand bicycles, but soon after as a turner in a#39;metal, wood and ivorya#39; offering a#39;bicycles made and repaireda#39;. ... When the war was over Mirecki set up business at Bayton Road, Exhall, making bicycle stands, but became better known for his a#39;Shurestaa#39; folding prams and pushchairs.

Title:Coventry's Bicycle Heritage
Author:Damien Kimberley
Publisher:The History Press - 2015-10-15


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