Bicycle
Inventor
Inventor
Born24 December 1855
Walthamstow
Died29 October 1901 | Age 45


John Kemp Starley 1885



The Safety Bicycle
The modern safety bicycle. A rear-wheel, chain-driven cycle with two similar-sized wheels. Two wheeled forms of Transport , like the 'Penny Farthing', were fairly dangerous way to travel. So the need for a safer design was being sought.

Starley was born 24th of December 1855 Walthamstow, London, England.

In 1877 he started a new business Starley & Sutton Co with William Sutton a local cycling enthusiast. They set about developing safer and easier to use bicycles than the penny farthing.
Rover Bicycle
Rover Bicycle


In 1885 Starley produced the Rover Safety Bicycle.

Earlier Versions

There were several attempts by others to find a safer cycle amongst them was the Shergold's bicycle.
Shergold Safety Bicycle
Shergold Safety Bicycle

1878. Built to a safety pattern, Shergold Safety , and made by Thomas Shergold of Gloucester.

1879 – Henry J. Lawson Bicyclette
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