Beeston-Humber Racing Bicycle, 1886

Humber and Co., Ltd. of Beeston, Nottingham, England built this lightweight racing bicycle in 1886. It was completely restored to new condition by its donor before being presented to the museum. Weighing only 24 pounds, this make of ordinary was ridden by many world's champions in the 1880s.
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.
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Humber and Co., Ltd.
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Gift of A. E. Schaaf
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National Museum of American History


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