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Page 352. 1928 Rochet Wicker-Seat Tricycle

1928 Rochet Wicker-Seat Tricycle

VERY RARE & UNUSUAL ADULT FRENCH TRICYCLE

IDEAL FOR PARADES; ADVERTISING & PUBLICITY; SHOP WINDOW or EXHIBITION DISPLAY; FASHION SHOOTS; VINTAGE CYCLE RUNS

GOOD CONDITION & READY TO RIDE

 

 

This outlandish contraption is the ideal transportation for an eccentric vintage enthusiast.

Wicker riding seats were the fashion for a short time in France in the late twenties and early thirties. Monet Goyon pioneered this seat style for their tricycles and quadricycles, and a few other French companies – including Rochet – followed suit to cash in on their popularity. Of course, the idea was not new even then: it recreated the style that was popular for sidecars and pillion trailers at the turn of the century, in the first few years of motorized transport.

This tricycle is of simple design, with one driving wheel, so is easy to maintain. It has been sympathetically restored.

It really lends itself to parades and publicity or fashion shoots; but would also serve well for summer shows and vintage cycle runs, especially if the rider was in period costume.

 

 

 

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EXTRACTS FROM 1900 ROCHET CATALOGUE

 

 

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CYCLES ROCHET

RUE DE LA FOLIE REGNAULT 74,

Paris, France

 


Cycles Rochet was one of France’s early bicycle manufacturers. The company was originally from Lyons, starting as stonecutters before moving into cycle manufacture in the 1890s. The Paris showrooms were opened in 1903. Its factory, at Albert, Somme, was destroyed in 1914.

 

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