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Bard Cycle Manufacturing Co of Barn Street, Birmingham
The company was a Birmingham-based cycle firm and were one of the earliest makers of motorised tricycles at the end of the nineteenth century
1898 Produced Bard motorcycles.
The Bard tricycle had a 2.25 hp De Dion engine hung out behind the rear axle in a heavy-duty frame with braced forks. The fuel tank went behind the saddle and the battery box under the top tube. The front wheel was fitted with an external-contracting band brake.
1902 Due to its liabilities it was resolved to close the business. T. H. Helliwell was chairman. Presumably by this time the activities of the business had been transferred to Minstrel Cycle Co in Bishop Street.
1903 The Bard Cycle Manufacturing business had been disposed of and the property sold
1906 Minstrel and Rea Cycle Co was established, mainly making cycles and motorcycles in Barn Street.