1895 Clement & Cie Bicyclette No 1
Adolphe Clement was an important pioneer of early transportation, and one of France’s premier industrialists. With new innovations in bicycle design, this ‘upsloper’ style of machine went out of fashion by 1896, though the new fashions took a while to catch on in rural France, and upslopers continued to be sold around the country for several more years. Clement & Cie merged with Humber and Gladiator in 1896, and the new concern started manufacturing cars.
This fabulous French machine – state-of-the-art transport in its day – has been completely overhauled, with new chain fitted, and tubular tyres. It’s ready to ride.
The Clement & Cie logo is stamped into the top of the handlebars (below).
The Clement chainwheel is distinctive.
The Clement Motor Bicycle was on the market in 1902 (sold as a Clement-Garrard in Great Britain).