Coventry's Bicycle Heritage
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The bicycle industry in Coventry owed its beginnings to the ingenuity of James Starley (b.1830), a sewing machine engineer, who began manufacturing ‘Ariel’ bicycles in 1871. When Starley’s nephew introduced the 'safety bicycle' in 1885, the market exploded. Illustrated with archive photographs and advertisements, this book provides historical details of the several hundred companies who made cycles in the city, including manufacturers such as Hillman, Riley and Rover that later became world famous car makers.