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Frederick John Osmond

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Frederick J. Osmond of the Osmond Cycle Co

Early cyclist of Birmingham.

c1867 Born

1890 Won the 1, 5, 25 and 50 mile championships

1890 'F. J. Osmond, the champion at all distances for 1890 on the ordinary bicycle ... has elected next season to enter the lists of safety riders. It is the opinion of good judges that with a safety specially built to suit his great height - about 6ft 3in - he will make as clean a sweep of the safety championships and records as he has with the higher wheel. ... Osmond's first flirtation with the safety on the path was at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, August 27th, 1890, mounted on a beautiful and graceful Minnehaha safety pneumatic tire, shod by the Iroquois Cycle Co., Queen's-road, Bayswater, London.'[1]

1894 Left the Whitworth Cycle Co and formed the Osmond Cycle Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 18 October 1890