These machines are a speciality, and are gaining every day in popularity, especially with elderly and nervous riders who are not inclined to adopt the bicycle.
The Lady’s Tricycle particularly is much approved by many Lady Bicyclists, who use the Tricycle in wet or slippery weather.
– 1901 Rudge-Whitworth catalogue
1901 Rudge-Whitworth No 31 Special Lady’s Tricycle
with optional Rudge-Whitworth Freewheel and Front Rim Brake
This lovely old Rudge-Whitworth tricycle came from the Lincoln Museum around fifteen years ago. This collection formed the basis of Great Britain’s current National Museum. I bought it from a lady named Beryl who rode it on many club runs. Its prominent feature is the early style of Rudge-Whitworth chainwheel, which is rare to see as it was changed in 1903. This machine has the ‘modern’ style of front rim brake, which was an optional extra in 1901 and was fitted for no extra charge. Earlier Rudge-Whitworth tricycles were fixed wheel, with a front brake that acted directly onto the front tyre. 1901 was the first year the company offered this option.
1901 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE