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Frank H. Parkyn

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April 1899. Olympic cycles.

of Olympic cycle works, Green Lane, Wolverhampton

Early 1880s Frank Heynes Parkyn started producing Olympic bicycles in Green Lane

1893 Advert. 'Parkyn, Olympic Cycle Works, Wolverhampton'[1]

1896 He moved to Granville Street. Introduced the latest machinery and manufacturing techniques at the works

1900 Showed two examples of the New Courier motorette, a tricycle with air-cooled motor set in a duplex frame. The machine had been shown in very much the same form the previous year by Chilton and Co.

1902 National Cycle Show. Frank H. Parkyn showed a motor-bicycle fitted with the Minerva 2 h.p. engine. The frame of the machine was extra strong. Also at the show is a separate entry for Harry Parkyn who was the maker of the Olympic cycle which had used an adapted Minerva motor with strengthened frame.

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 28 August 1893