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made in Coventry, England

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Bicycle, Rover

This bicycle was made in Coventry in England by J.K. Starley of Starley & Sons. It dates from around 1888. It is generally acknowledged as the first widely available safety bicycle. The model name is 'Rover'.

The bicycle has solid rubber tyres. It is inscribed: 'THE / "ROVER" / J.K. STARLEY / LATE / STARLEY & SONS / WEST ORCHARD / COVENTRY'.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-127-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1910.193
Date: Around 1888
c. 1888
Material: Solid rubber tyres. Inscription: THE / "ROVER" / J.K. STARLEY / LATE / STARLEY & SONS / WEST ORCHARD / COVENTRY
Dimensions: 30.00" D (front wheel); 27.00" D (back wheel)
What: Bicycle, safety
Subject: 15. ROAD TRANSPORT, Muscle power (Departmental Classification)
Who: J.K. Starley of Starley & Sons, West Orchard, Coventry (Maker)
Where: England, Warwickshire, Coventry
Description: "Rover" safety bicycle with solid rubber tyres, made by J.K. Starley of Starley & Sons, Coventry, c. 1888
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