1914 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies
Two-Speed Epicyclic Gears
Frame No 128984
At 13 guineas, this Royal Sunbeam for Ladies with two speed gears was a very expensive bicycle in 1914, equivalent to around £1,300 nowadays. It needed considerable restoration when I found it earlier this year. But it has been dry-stored for many years, and the paintwork is still original. It also retains its gilt transfers proudly proclaiming its ‘Royal’ heritage.
It has been thoroughly serviced, its wheels rebuilt and new tyres and tubes fitted. The oil bath has been oiled and it’s now ready to enjoy life again in the 21st century. Despite being 101 years old, it rides as well as any modern roadster. After all, it’s a Sunbeam, the best that money could buy when Great Britain led the world in quality bicycle manufacture.
1914 SUNBEAM CATALOGUE