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Bonnick Cycle Co

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1870 At a time when the weaving industry was flourishing in Coventry, William Riley, (Junior) became a master weaver in his family's business, which also produced weaving machinery for sale to other businesses, an activity which provided him with a sound engineering knowledge.

1885 company founded by Arthur Bonnick

The weaving industry had entered a period of rapid decline, forcing William Riley to seek more profitable ventures

1890 Riley and his associates acquired the Bonnick Cycle Co., which they re-named the Riley Cycle Co six years later.

1896 Company bought by William Riley, (Junior) and became the Riley Cycle Co





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  • Contributor JW 1st December 2010