1921 FN (Fabrique Nationale) Ladies Chainless Type C55

1921 FN (Fabrique Nationale) Ladies Chainless Type C55 (Shaftdrive/ Cardan)

(Now sold)

F.N was the market leader in chainless bicycles in Great Britain. The Model C55 was available for £20 and exhibited at the 1919 Olympia Show as ‘the only chainless bicycle marketed in this country.’

1919_FN_Cycling copy

When you ride a shaft-drive bicycle these days, not many folks notice anything different about it. So it’s always enjoyable when you spot an observer doing a double-take, slowly taking in the fact that there’s no chain.

In the day, however, a chainless bicycle – the generic name was ‘acatene’ in France – was a status symbol.

The heyday of glorious promotional colour posters coincided with their introduction in the 1890s, so the general public was familiar with them, and passers-by would definitely have appreciated the lack of chain.

The Belgian company Fabrique Nationale (FN), already a renowned arms manufacturer before moving into bicycle production, was a pioneer in shaft-drive bicycles, influencing the subsequent development of motorcycles.

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The Chainless was designated ‘Type C55′ while the model with a chain was ‘Type VI.’ Note the use of the English word in the French language FN catalogue below – ‘La Chainless.’

TO SEE THE FULL 1926 CATALOGUE/ PARTS LIST

PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

 

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An interesting detail on this Ladies FN is the celluloid handlebar covers, which were a popular factory accessory at the time.

You can see it better in this close-up photo. The Fabrique Nationale emblem is a nice touch too.

The frame number is 29070.

The saddle is also an FN original, bearing the company crest.

 

 

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To see this bicycle’s partner,

the 1921 FN Gents Chainless,

and to

READ ABOUT FN HISTORY

PLEASE CLICK HERE


 

Published on March 9, 2010 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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