1912 Royal Triumph No 5 Roadster

Band brakes came into use at the turn of the century. Various leading British manufacturers had their own designs, but they stopped offering it as an option after a few years. However, Triumph’s band brake, which was introduced in 1900, was so efficient and popular with customers that it continued as an option until the late 1920s.

This is a rare example that has a Sturmey Archer 3 speed gear combined with the band brake. The only gents’ models fitted with this option were the various Imperials and the Royal No 5. A band brake cost an extra 10/- for the Royal and the 3 speed was 10/- 5d extra.



1912 Royal Triumph No 5 Roadster with Band Brake

Sturmey-Archer ‘Model K’ 3-Speed Gear

25″ Frame

28″ Wheels

Frame No 201940

This Triumph with three speed gear and band brake is missing its chaincase cover and rear quadrant; relevant parts from another make of bicycle could be adapted. The brakes and gears are in working order, recently serviced, with new cables, and it’s ready to ride.