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Timberlake and Co

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H. J. Timberlake and Co of 13, Albert Street, Maidenhead.

1868 The Pilot Cycle Co was founded by H. J. Timberlake, trading as Timberlake and Co. He introduced a solid rubber tyre secured to the metal rim by a wire running through the centre of the tyre. He also invented the front wheel roller brake, operated by rack and pinion from a twisting handlebar.

1888 February. Stanley Exhibition of Cycles in Westminster. A cycle for four riders.

1880 taken over by Hickling and Co.


  • Note

Timberlake introduced to the trade, a solid rubber tyre secured to the metal rim by a wire running through the centre of the tyre and also a front roller brake, operated by a rack and pinion movement when twisting the handlebars. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Tony Pickering