1889 Lady’s Quadrant Tricycle
30″ Rear wheels
26″ Front wheel
Accessory: Rear Carrier frame ready to fit a wicker box
Mastery of a gentleman’s bicycle required youth and athletic prowess and, within the constraints of a conservative society, was entirely unsuitable for a lady. So cycle manufacturers started encouraging women to take up the hobby by riding a machine which would protect their decency. That machine was the tricycle. Every tricycle maker experienced a considerable boost in sales after Queen Victoria endorsed British industry in 1881 by buying two tricycles, and that decade became its heyday.
The ‘Quadrant Tricycle Co’ specialised in this market. Featuring double driving and ‘revolving handlebar to facilitate mounting’, the Lady’s Quadrant Tricycle Model 14 competed directly with Rudge’s Royal Crescent and became the company’s most popular lady’s model.
1892 FRENCH QUADRANT CATALOGUE EXTRACT
QUADRANT TRICYCLE REAR AXLE
1888 CLARK CYCLE CO CATALOGUE EXTRACTS