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William Bourdon

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62-inch Humber Ordinary and 26-inch Bourdon. From 'Bartleet's Bicycle Book' No. 15.

No. 15. 26 inch 'ordinary.' One of the smallest machines ever made. Built about 1885 by William Bourdon, Bromley, Kent, for his son Marcus, now a well-known journalist in Coventry. Plain bearings throughout. Weight 20 lbs. Loaned by Mr. M. Bourdon. Comparison with the 62 inch 'ordinary' in the photograph makes an interesting contrast. [1]

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  1. Bartleet's Bicycle Book