I’ve had in a great contribution from a chap who’s been a friend of the blog for as long as I’ve been writing it – Roger ‘Ziksby’ Jones – on the subject of early bicycles, which arose from the image of F. Bradbury recently supplied by John and Paul Anslow.
Roger’s primary interests are Malvern and his family history, but he’s an amazingly knowledgable chap with a knack for finding out some fascinating things. This is a great contribution, which I think many will find fascinating – but particularly Andy Dennis.
I’ll let Roger explain:
The photo of a Victorian gent with a bike caught my eye.
Attached is a cropped scan from a photo of the Malvern Cycling Club taken in 1895. The rider is W H Melhuish (Honorary Secretary in the mid 1890s) with his fixed wheel cycle (I note the footrests on the front fork).
I thought it might provide a comparison with John Anslow’s photo.
My Jones forefathers in addition to being bootmakers also dabbled in cycle manufacture, sales and repairs. Hence my interest. The free wheel is said to have been first tried and patented by Charles Santler whose business was next door to my gt. gt. grandfathers. Santler let the patent lapse, but went on to produce the first ever petrol driven motor car in the UK … The Malvernia.