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Gavin Dalzell

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c1845. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
c1845. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Gavin Dalzell of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. A Cooper.

Gavin Dalzell reportedly built a rear-drive bicycle as early as 1845. His son donated an original to the Glasgow Transport Museum [1]

1836 Said to have constructed and ridden a bicycle [1]

1892 Bicycling News says the credit for the first bicycle is not Dalzell but Peter McMillan [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Cycling. The Badminton Library. Viscount Bury and G. Lacy Hillier. 1889.
  2. The Dundee Courier & Argus, Monday, February 08, 1892