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BICYCLES MANUFACTURED 1920-1940

 

These are some of the bicycles owned by the Canberra Bicycle Museum, as representative of this era.

Men's Roadster (1920's)
Built in Victoria by Prestar and representative of utility bicycle frame design of this period. The front half of this bicycle has been restored masterfully by Warren Meade of Bairnsdale, Victoria. [#705]
 

Child's Tricycle (1920's)
Built by Australian firm Eclipse. Seat replaced by a handmade one.[#86]
Men's Roadster (1920)
Built by the Malvern Star Cycle and Motor Company, Malvern, Victoria, about the time Bruce Small purchased the business from Thomas Finnegan. Small's business acumen, initiative and promotional talents popularised Malvern Star products for 50 years. [#506]
Mens Roadster (1920's)
Manufactured by John Bullock in Adelaide, South Australia. In 1904 the Bullock Cycle and Motorcycle Stores became one of the largest motor and cycle businesses in South Australia. This bicycle is typical of the utility models of the 1920's and 1930's. [#645] 
Mens Racer (1929)
This Speedwell was purchased from Freebody Cycles at Queanbeyan, NSW by Frank Webb of Canberra who used it for all types of riding - commuting, touring, road racing, and track riding for more than forty years. [#545]
Menís Racer (1930)
Made by Fred Wolcott in Wentworth Ave, Sydney. Carbine bicycles were high quality and were eagerly sought after by the racing fraternity of NSW and ACT in the 1930's and 1940's. [#404]
Tandem (1930) 
Manufactured by the James Cycle Company, Birmingham, U.K. Typical of a 1930's tandem, this is of robust construction featuring an unusual convertible rear section. By means of a moveable top tube it could be made to suit either a lady or a gent.[#105]
Mens Roadster (1931)
Unknown manufacturer. The "Rambler" bicycle was purchased by Jack Hughes of Neutral Bay, Sydney from Bennett and Barkel, Sydney. [#576]
Scooter (1934)
Probably built in Australia and of rugged construction, which would have given a child many years of enjoyment. [#462]
Mens Racer (1936)
Built by Bennett & Woods, Sydney and named Speedwell Sports. This bike was sold in Australia by Uralla Shell Service Station who were agents for Bennett & Woods. Note the original white wall tyres which have done 7000 miles. This bicycle was restored by Bruce Lott of Canberra. [#502]
Mens Roadster (1939)
Built by Hartley Cycles in Victoria for the Australian Army. It exhibits the khaki military colour and has front fork trusses to give extra strength to the front half of the bicycle. Restored by the late Rupert Bates of Coburg, Victoria. [#56]
Mens Roadster (1939)
Built by I.C.I. Ltd, Wolverhamption, U.K., manufacturers of Sunbeam Cycles. This is a Golden Sunbeam bicycle. Sunbeams were aimed at the top end of the market and they demonstrated fine craftsmanship and unique design innovations. Every part of a Golden Sunbeam Bicycle was designed and built specially for it. Note "the little oil bath", a mechanism invented for automatically lubricating the chain and cogs of the bicycle. This solved a great defect of the early safety bicycles: chain friction and chain wear. Restored by Larry Hazzard of Sydney. [#434]
Ladies Commuter (1939)
Unknown Australian manufacturer. Originally sold in Canberra in 1939 to Miss P. Clack, a public servant. [#620]

 

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