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Humber “Genuine Beeston” racing ordinary bicycle, 1886

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Humber “Genuine Beeston” racing ordinary bicycle, 1886
Smithsonian Institution, Negative #: 41-349-A


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Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection, 1883-1886

Humber “Genuine Beeston” racing ordinary bicycle on display in Smithsonian
Humber “Genuine Beeston” racing ordinary bicycle on display in Smithsonian

Humber "Genuine Beeston" racing ordinary bicycle
Catalog #: 310,818, Accession #: 128,831
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This lightweight racing Ordinary, weighing only 24 pounds, was built by Humber and Co., Ltd., of Beeston, Nottingham, England, in 1886 and was completely restored to "as new" condition by its donor before being presented to the Smithsonian in 1934. This make of Ordinary was ridden by many world's champions in the 1880s.
Physical Description

Artifact. This Humber closely resembles the Columbia Light Roadster of 1886 in general shape. The diameter of the front wheel, with its solid rubber tire, is 52 inches, and that of the rear wheel, 18 inches. The wheels are fitted, respectively, with 60 and 20 radial wire spokes. Adjustable cranks, providing from 4 to 5 1/2 inches of throw, are attached to the front axle. The pedals are not rubber covered. The leather saddle is secured directly to the perch without the benefit of springs, and there is no step and no brake, all of which aided in keeping the weight to a minimum. The curved handlebars are fitted with smooth, white grips.

Date Made:
Gift of Albert E. Schaaf

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