1914 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

1914 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

25″ Frame

28″ Wheels

FITTED FROM NEW WITH THREE BRAKES! – Two Lever Brakes + Rear ‘Foot Brake’

Bluemells Pump (with special Sunbeam fitting)

Brooks Leather B73 Ladies Saddle

 

In the early days of cycling, all bicycles were fixed wheel. Not only was it hard work pedalling them uphill, but it was dangerous coming down hill because of the temptation to proceed faster than fixed pedalling allowed, ie coasting. As a result, brakes were developed. By the turn of the century, lever brakes and coaster brakes had evolved to an effective level.

Sunbeam marketed another variety of brake, which they called the ‘Foot Brake.’ The clutch bringing it into action is housed inside the crank bracket, sheltered from dirt. It is activated by back-pedalling; after application the rider waits for a few seconds before pedalling forward. If the Foot Brake has been applied, it is also possible to release it by gently pulling the release lever situated under the saddle on the seat tube next to the inflator pump mounts.

You can see more details and a close-up of this lever further down the page.

I’m not sure why this Golden Sunbeam was fitted with all three brake options, but I assume that, in 1914 when it was new, the memory of Victorian bicycles without brakes was still fresh in cyclists minds, and a nervous female customer choosing her first bicycle may well have opted for an extra brake to use on downhill runs.

 

Among vintage bicycles, Sunbeams are not rare; it’s surprising how many still exist from the Great War era. Of course, their superb quality and Sunbeam’s reputation meant that owners over the years have been more reluctant to part with them or scrap them. However, there are far less Golden Sunbeams than other models, because the Golden Sunbeam was the top of the range, and therefore more expensive.

This example is in excellent condition considering its age. It lacks a cover for the chain-case, and the front mudguard has a small dent (see photo above), but it still has its original paintwork, with much of the box lining intact, and the chaincase transfer and head transfer are also quite visible.

It has been mechanically restored, the two-speed gear is operational (as seen in the video further down the page), and is ready to ride.

The old tyres on it are functional and in keeping with its patina. However, on sale, I will add a pair of modern cream Schwalbe tyres which the new owner can fit if the bike is to be used for long-distance rides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNBEAM FOOT BRAKE

 

After application, the ‘Foot Brake’ on this Golden Sunbeam can be released by reaching down under the saddle and gently pulling up the lever pictured below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHORT VIDEO OF TONY RIDING

1914 GOLDEN SUNBEAM FOR LADIES

 

on youtube

http://youtu.be/tmmf7qdGsYE

PLEASE CLICK HERE

 


 

TO RETURN TO THE

AUCTION CATALOGUE WEBSITE

http://www.BuyVintage.co.uk

PAGE 273

PLEASE CLICK HERE