Lot 322: A circa 1891 Trigwell & Co. of London, 'Regent' 52-inch Ordinary. Originally a pneumatic-tyred bicycle, but now with solid tyring, it possesses (probably) its original deep-set 1-inch hollow crescent rim with a hole (now with a rubber plug) for the inflation valve, featuring direct spoking into an original hub, the adjustable main bearings are intact, and the 7-inch cracks possess original nickel-plating with caps at the spindle ends. Trigwell's 1886 patent ball bearing head and dust cover are fitted, as are two mud scrapers fitted to either side of the hollow forks. The oval backbone extends down to gentle flowing rear forks. The rear wheel does not have a pneumatic rim, so may be a replacement. The writer is of the opinion that this bicycle was intended for competition work for the following reasons: a rear step was apparently not fitted, the spoon brake mechanism, while of some age, could well be a later addition, the deep-drop 24-inch handlebars with palm grips imply competition and the saddle mount may well be later, which may imply that, originally, a lightweight frame saddle was fitted. However, the vendor has manufactured a rear step in the HHC style, which is perfectly serviceable. This bicycle has been used and enjoyed at many events in the hands of the vendor. (1)
Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models
Thursday, 12th November 2015
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