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Henry James Timberlake

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1868 The Pilot Cycle Co was founded by H. J. Timberlake, trading as Timberlake and Co. He introduced a solid rubber tyre secured to the metal rim by a wire running through the centre of the tyre. He also invented the front wheel roller brake, operated by rack and pinion from a twisting handlebar.

1876 Patent. '618. To Henry James Timberlake, of Maidenhead, in the county of Berks, Bicycle Manufacturer, for the invention of "an improvement applicable to velocipedes."'[1]

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  1. [1] Gazette Issue 24306 published on the 17 March 1876. Page 7 of 50