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November 07, 2005

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nick Clayton

You confuse James Starley, father of the cycle trade, with his nephew John Kemp Starley, inventor of the Rover safety bicycle in 1885.
Harry Lawson was working for Rudge & Co. when he designed the unsuccessful 1879 Bicyclette but his lever driven safety, the Sussex giant, taken up by Singer, preceeded this. Becoming a company promoter and eventually landing in gaol, perhaps his best claim to fame should be the first lady's bicycle in 1874.
Best, Nick Clayton

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