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The Gallery

Meyer boneshaker, Paris, France – around 1870

Meyer boneshaker, Paris, France – around 1870
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Early machine Meyer, France - after a year 1870

Early machine Meyer, France - after a year 1870
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Salvo Clément & Cie., Paris, France – around 1888

Salvo Clément & Cie., Paris, France – around 1888
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Bayliss, Thomas & Co., tricycle, England – around 1888

Bayliss, Thomas & Co., tricycle, England – around 1888
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Bajard, the provience of Roanne, France - around 1869

Bajard, the provience of Roanne, France - around 1869
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Boneshaker Millau, France - around 1870

Boneshaker Millau, France - around 1870
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High wheel Renard Paris, France - around 1875

High wheel Renard Paris, France - around 1875
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Boneshaker with freewheel - A.Boeuf, France (System NICOLET), 1869

Boneshaker with freewheel - A.Boeuf, France (System NICOLET), 1869
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Le CYCLONE, Milders Fils, France – circa 1893/94

Le CYCLONE, Milders Fils, France – circa 1893/94
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L.Rives, France - 1868

L.Rives, France - 1868
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„Premier“ safety, Hillman, Herbert & Cooper, Coventry, England - 1886

„Premier“ safety, Hillman, Herbert & Cooper, Coventry, England - 1886
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Michaux boneshaker, Paris, France – around 1868

Michaux boneshaker, Paris, France – around 1868
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Cie Parisienne „Service“, Paris, France – after a year 1870

Cie Parisienne „Service“, Paris, France – after a year 1870
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Boneshaker with ball bearings, France – around 1870

Boneshaker with ball bearings, France – around 1870
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Simpson Cycle Co., Ltd (Simpson "Lever" Chain), London, England - 1896

Simpson Cycle Co., Ltd (Simpson "Lever" Chain), London, England - 1896
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J. SCHMIDS, A. Grandson, Suisse "Early Free Wheel System" - Switzerland, after a year 1870

J. SCHMIDS, A. Grandson, Suisse "Early Free Wheel System" - Switzerland, after a year 1870
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Quadrant suspension safety – Quadrant Tricycle Co., Birmingham, England – 1889

Quadrant suspension safety – Quadrant Tricycle Co., Birmingham, England – 1889
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Superbe - Hirondelle, St.Étienne, France 1891

Superbe - Hirondelle, St.Étienne, France 1891
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Suspension velocipéde Morére of Pamiers, Pyrenees, France – 1869

Suspension velocipéde Morére of Pamiers, Pyrenees, France – 1869
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Peugeot - Bicyclette "Lion", Valentigney, France - 1892

Peugeot - Bicyclette "Lion", Valentigney, France - 1892
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Suspension velocipéde Bouchage & Cie, Lyon, France – 1869/70

Suspension velocipéde Bouchage & Cie, Lyon, France – 1869/70
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Gallery – evaluation

The point designation using stars facilitates rapid orientation and provides information on the importance and exceptional quality of specific machines (a similar system is used for hotels and restaurants – i.e. a greater number of stars corresponds to a higher level).

  • 5 stars – absolutely rare item, unprecedented, unexpected (e.g. the only item or prototype existing in the world)
  • 4 stars – quite rare item, original condition, technically very interesting (e.g. machine unambiguously belonging in the TOP selection of the TOP global collections)
  • 3 stars – technically interesting, original condition, museum quality (e.g. machine that would unambiguously adorn the collection of any museum in the world)
  • 2 stars – interesting, valued by collectors, frequently sought (e.g. machine with interesting technical node or unusual structural design)
  • 1 star – historical machine (e.g. typical bicycle suitable for a collection showing the developmental stages of the bicycle or regional brand name)

We would like to point out that this is only a general evaluation based entirely on our subjective opinions.

These galleries are a sort of virtual museum presenting the developmental line of bicycles with a great many key stages. The detailed photographs reveal the beauty of the individual presented exhibits and show researchers where to direct their attention.  We are well aware of the fact that each collector or researcher is interested in somewhat different aspects. The evaluation only draws attention to very interesting and exceptional machines. It does not exclude the possibility that the bicycle with the lowest number of stars is the one that will be most interesting for you. Basically, we even anticipate this, as you will not find an uninteresting machine in this gallery.

The Gallery

Race and sport bicycles