Lot 541

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This bicycle was advertised as having gearing of either 51, 54, 57 or 60-inch, and this bicycle appears to be geared to 54-inch. Perhaps embodying the pinnacle of solid-tyred Safety Bicycle design in an era before the commercialisation of the pneumatic tyre, the unique feature of the 'Whippet' bicycle was that the whole section of the frame carrying the handlebars, the saddle, and the slotted cranks was sprung as a single unit. The action is accomplished by attaching a large expanding coil spring between the sloping backbone joining the rear forks and the steering head, so that the remaining frame carrying the rider is in tension when mounted. To keep the chain adjustment stable, the horizontal stays are hinged together with a second hinged tube near the steering head forming a parallel motion, without affecting the movement of the handlebars in steering. This design was popular to those that could afford an expensive bicycle at 1, and certainly sales were helped by the fact that various road records were broken. Montague Holbein and William Chater-Lea raced using Whippets, with Holbein covering 336 1/2-miles in 24-hours across difficult terrain while competing against lighter bicycles, and Chater-Lea, who worked for Linley & Biggs at the time, rode a winning Whippet at the Catford Hill Climb in 1888. However, interest in the machine quickly came to an end with the introduction of the pneumatic tyre. A design classic, much sought after by design and engineering museums as an exhibit, it is a bicycle that not only treats the eye to an agreeable visual, but the action of the springing motion of the frame pleases the senses both while in use, and when stationary. Indeed, the bicycle almost entices a tactile relationship. The late Paul Farren in his book, 'Cycling Through Time' comments, 'Riding it is an incredible experience, akin to hanging from a bungee cord'. The black-painted frame is off-set by incongruous silver-painted parts but has nevertheless ensured survival of its originality. The 28-inch diameter wheels have tangent spoking, good black solid rubber tyring on 5/8th-inch V-section rims, rat trap pedals fitted to 6 1/2-inch cranks, inch-pitch block chain and a 5-inch diameter chain-wheel. The double ball bearings in the toggle joint on the steering mechanism work well, albeit sometime in the past, it has been re-fitted back to front. - Quantity (1)

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by Dominic Winter Auctions
May 17, 2018 10:00 AM BST
Mallard House
Broadway Lane, South Cerney
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