For years we have been asked by Cyclists for a Sunbeam Tricycle, with the Little Oil Bath and with our Two-Speed Gear. This machine fulfils these requirements, and will be found most suitable for nervous or elderly riders.
– 1909 Sunbeam catalogue
The Sunbeam tricycle was made only in small quantities, and to a customer’s special order. The catalogue illustration (above) remained unchanged throughout. The Gentlemen’s version – with a top tube rather than a loopframe – was not illustrated. There are only a few surviving Sunbeam gentlemen’s tricycles known to The Sunbeam Register. This example was previously owned by a collector in Herefordshire.
1909 Golden Sunbeam Gentlemen’s Tricycle
Two-Speed Epicyclic Gears
28″ x 1 1/2″ Beaded Edge Front Wheel
26″ x 1 1/2″ Beaded Edge Rear Wheels
Brooks B130 Saddle with Brooks Toolbag
Lucas Burbury ‘B82’ Bell
Frame No 97714
The rare Sunbeam Gent’s Trike is well preserved, with original paintwork, although its transfers (decals) have faded into oblivion. Although it’s fully functional, one of the rear beaded edge tyres is in poor condition. Most hundred-year-old tyres were discarded long ago; so, while it still holds air, I decided to keep this ‘Bates Wellington’ in place for historical interest.
GOLDEN SUNBEAM HANDLEBAR GRIP CAPS & INSERTS
LUCAS BURBURY ’82B’ BELL
c1909 W&A BATES Ltd BEADED EDGE TYRE:
‘THE BATES WELLINGTON’
ABINGDON N0 4 REAR AXLE
1909 GOLDEN SUNBEAM TRICYCLE for GENTLEMEN v 1914 GOLDEN SUNBEAM TRICYCLE for LADIES
Bates Tyre images with thanks to Tim Dawson