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1885 Stanley Cycle Show

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J. K. Starley. From 'Bartleet's Bicycle Book'.
J. K. Starley's early Rover Bicycles. From 'Bartleet's Bicycle Book' No. 31a/b/c.

Note: This is a sub-section of the Stanley Cycle Show

The Stanley Show, 28th January to 3rd February, 1885, held on the Thames Embankment.

No suitable building being available, the Stanley Bicycle Club hired a huge tent and erected it on a piece of ground adjoining the Thames Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge. In this temporary shelter the show was staged, J. H. Price being Hon. Organiser.

Plate 31a. Shows J. K. Starley's first 'Rover' safety, as exhibited at the Show. The 'Rover' had a 36 inch front wheel, bridle-rod steering, and the channel shaped seat-pillar formed part of the actual frame. It is interesting to recall that this was the only feature of the machine which Starley patented [1].

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