The history of the Coventry Machinists Co is also the history of the cycle industry itself.
1887 Coventry Machinists Co ‘Swift’ Safety Bicycle
30″ Equal Wheels
Frame No 7534
1889 IRISH SWIFT SAFETY
1889 SWIFT SAFETY v 1887 SWIFT CROSS FRAME SAFETY
I picked up an 1889 Swift Safety (on the left, above and below) for my friend Paul in Australia. Before packing it and shipping it to him, I took the opportunity for a photoshoot of the two bikes together.
Below: more pictures of Paul’s 1889 Swift
THE COVENTRY CYCLE INDUSTRY
Extracts (available on google) from: ‘Critical Geographies of Cycling: History, Political Economy and Culture’ by Professor Glen Norcliffe