My great great great uncle, but what's the bike?


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2jakes

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Sep 1, 2010
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This is my great great great uncle Ruben Humphery. Would love to know what the bike is. He was born 1875 so this is likely late 1890s
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Your uncle's bicycle has similar characteristics to these bikes.
1890s
There were several variations.
The 'Horseley Number 1' Safety bicycle (UK)
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(Germany)
 
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jamesinealing

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#10
Thanks for all the replies. Note with the Horseley No. 1, which I agree is the closest match so far, the bike in my photograph doesn't have a main tube extending straight from the headset to the rear axle, and it has a seat stay / rear triangle. I did suspect though at that time they were experimenting and constantly improving models..
 

jamesinealing

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#11
This is correct in some regards, but also completely wrong in others! (seat post, headset, lack of down tube etc)
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