1901 Irish ‘Shamrock’ Premier Helical (Belfast, N. Ireland)

 

The down tube transfer reads:’The Northern Ireland Cycle Works, 51 Donegal Street, Belfast’

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1901 Irish ‘Shamrock’ Premier Helical Gents

Assembled at The Northern Ireland Cycle Works, 51 Donegal Street, Belfast

Eadie Coaster Brake

26″ Frame

28″ Wheels

Frame No 152703

 

The turn of the century was an interesting time for cyclists. Through the 1890s, enthusiasts had got used to studying the latest editions of Cycling magazine – or, even better, visiting the Stanley Show in London – to see the latest inventions applied to bicycles. After the introduction of the freewheel in 1898, new innovations increased dramatically. For the first time, bicycles started to develop practical braking systems and, within a few years, effective gears.

In the 1890s, the front plunger brake, acting on the front tyre, had been the only common brake. By 1903, bicycles started to be fitted for the first time with inverted levers under the handlebar grips, connected by rod or cable to rim brakes. But 1900 brakes were a curious mixture of the two styles. As you can see on this machine, the pull-up brake lever and rod are of the old plunger style, but instead of acting directly onto the tyre, it is connected to a horseshoe fitted with rubbers to act on the rim. Of course, this subsequently became a standard fitting, but in 1900 it was a novelty. Uniquely in that year, because it was connected to a pull-up brake rod, the horseshoe is supported only loosely by clips to the forks, so they can move upwards as the brake is activated.

The head transfer (decal) is all but faded on this Helical Premier; the down tube transfer, however, is still alive…

1900 Premier Helical 12 copy3

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1900 Premier Helical 12 copy3

PLUNGER OPERATED FRONT RIM BRAKE

 

 

1900 brakes 4 copy

 

1900 brakes 5 copy

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1896-1898 AMERICAN PREMIER HELICAL v 1901 IRISH ‘SHAMROCK’ PREMIER HELICAL

 

 

 

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EADIE COASTER BRAKE:

1st Pattern, Made under License from Morrow

1900 brakes 9 coaster copy

 

 

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Above is an illustration of the early pattern Morrow Coaster, as used by Eadie in England and fitted to this machine. It fits to the chain stay on the right side of the bicycle, whereas the later Morrow Coasters fitted on the left side (below). Eadie used a different fitting to the rear stay.

1915 morrow copy

Below is an example of one of many of the small companies that used Eadie Fittings for its bicycles. As you can see, Norton & Sons also offered a free Morrow Coaster with all machines sold in September 1899.

1899 norton bsa morrow copy

1900 Premier Helical 12 copy3

 

1900 Premier Helical 12 copy3

MUSEUM for PREMIER HELICAL & CROSS-FRAME BICYCLES

The first cross frame bicycle to be patented, in February, 1886, was manufactured by Hillman, Herbert & Cooper. It was named the Premier.

Museum for The Helical Premier 

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