Coventry has a remarkable bicycle manufacturing heritage. From the first velocipedes built in 1868, the city went on to become the home of the British Cycle Industry, and at one time produced the greatest output of cycles in the world – with well in excess of 350 individual cycle manufacturers over a 100 year period.
The Coventry Machinists’ Company were the first in Britain to mass produce cycles, and steadily, more and more companies were established in the city. Soon Coventry became internationally recognised as being a place where only the very best machines were made, and the name ‘Coventry’ itself became a stamp of quality engineering and fine craftsmanship.
Richly illustrated with 100 outstanding photographs from The Coventry Transport Museum, many previously unpublished, this is the first book of its kind to cover the history of Coventry bicycle manufacture and the men who built them. From Dunlop, Hobart, Singer, Premier, Rover, and Triumph to other less well known local companies, their legacies are still enjoyed by cyclists today.