Humber Racing Bicycle, 1886

Summary

Many cyclists loved to race. This high-wheel racing model was made in 1886 by Humber and Company, an English firm. The cyclist would hump over the large front wheel -- this one is 55 inches tall -- trying to out-pedal competitors. By the early 1890s, a faster machine would prevail -- the low-mount safety with equal-sized wheels, chain drive, and pneumatic tires.

Many cyclists loved to race. This high-wheel racing model was made in 1886 by Humber and Company, an English firm. The cyclist would hump over the large front wheel -- this one is 55 inches tall -- trying to out-pedal competitors. By the early 1890s, a faster machine would prevail -- the low-mount safety with equal-sized wheels, chain drive, and pneumatic tires.

Artifact

Bicycle

Date Made

1886

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

31.285.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Albert E. Schaaf.

Material

Metal
Nickel (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Leather
Ivory (Tooth component)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 60.5 in

Width: 28 in

Length: 67 in

Weight: 24 lbs

Inscriptions

Frame just below seat in rear is a partially illegible emblem: BEESTON HUMBER

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