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Wheels Within Wheels: The Story of the Starleys of Coventry

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"Who started us off on bicycles in this country? For centuries there had been diverse private efforts to put man on two wheels, but it was James Starley of Coventry who was hailed in the 1870s as 'Father of the Cycle Industry'. To James Starley and his descendants we not only owe the bicycle as we have it today, but through the Rover Cycle Co., the Rover car as well. Five members of the Starley family produced between them nearly three hundred patents, including the differential gear essential to every car in the world today. This account of their struggles, reverses and successes (James started life as a gardener's boy - today his descendents are prominent in an important branch of the motor industry) and of their individual contributions to the flourishing cycle, motorcycle and motorcar industries makes a fine, inspiring story forming as it does a significant core of Britain's great industrial history. The illustrations include a fascinating collection of old bicycles, showing their evolution and the development from the cycle to the early motorcar."

Book in good condition with some wear to the dust jacket and foxing on the top page edges.

Item details

Author(s):
Williamson, G.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1966
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
160
Publisher:
Geoffrey Bles Ltd

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"Who started us off on bicycles in this country? For centuries there had been diverse private efforts to put man on two wheels, but it was James Starley of Coventry who was hailed in the 1870s as 'Father of the Cycle Industry'. To James Starley and his descendants we not only owe the bicycle as we have it today, but through the Rover Cycle Co., the Rover car as well. Five members of the Starley family produced between them nearly three hundred patents, including the differential gear essential to every car in the world today. This account of their struggles, reverses and successes (James started life as a gardener's boy - today his descendents are prominent in an important branch of the motor industry) and of their individual contributions to the flourishing cycle, motorcycle and motorcar industries makes a fine, inspiring story forming as it does a significant core of Britain's great industrial history. The illustrations include a fascinating collection of old bicycles, showing their evolution and the development from the cycle to the early motorcar."

Book in good condition with some wear to the dust jacket and foxing on the top page edges.

Author(s):
Williamson, G.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1966
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
160
Publisher:
Geoffrey Bles Ltd

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