1914 Royal Sunbeam Gentleman’s Bicycle – ‘His & Hers’ SUNBEAMS

1914 Royal Sunbeam Gentleman’s Bicycle

with Two-Speed Gear

Frame No 121385

24 inch Frame

(‘His & Hers’ SUNBEAMS)

If you’re interested in British history around the time of the First World War, ownership of lovely old Royal Sunbeams such as these is a wonderful way to discover more about that fascinating era.

This Royal Gent’s has two-speed epicyclic gears with the correct gear-trigger on the cross-tube.

I’ll let the pictures of this 1914 Gent’s Royal Sunbeam speak for themselves. There’s a direct link to his companion, the 1916 Lady’s Royal Sunbeam, at the very bottom of the page.


His & Hers Royal Sunbeams

Riding 95-year-old bikes is like ‘time travel.’ If you’re out in the countryside, for example, most of the surroundings haven’t changed too much.  Of course, it’s not a good idea to ignore cars when they’re sharing your road-space, but if you can ‘forgive their presence’ and imagine the road to be car-free it’s easy to appreciate how folks travelled all those years ago.

Obviously if they rode Sunbeams, folks would have been well-to-do, as a Sunbeam was (and still is) the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the bicycle world. In this period, bicycles were still the preserve of the rich. Motorcycles and cars were not yet produced in sufficient numbers, nor cheaply enough, to bring down bicycle prices so that ordinary people could use them.  And the suffragette movement was still campaigning at this time for women’s rights. Female ownership of a bicycle – and the independence that one’s own bicycle afforded – was still a novelty.

Pictured here with the 1916 Royal Sunbeam Lady’s Bicycle.

This is an ideal ‘His & Hers’ Pairing of Royal Sunbeams.

I’ve now had both of these Sunbeams serviced, and new tyres and tubes have been fitted.












Below you can see where the metal chaincase has been dented.

To see the 1916 Royal Sunbeam Lady’s Bicycle – PLEASE CLICK HERE

Published on November 29, 2009 at 10:05 am  Leave a Comment  

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