Humber (bicycle)

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c.1890 Humber Safety bicycle

Humber is an English brand of bicycle.[1] One model is the Humber Sport 3-speed pictured on this page. It includes an unusual fork design, called "Duplex", in which each blade consist of two separate tubes, and a stylish chainring that includes the shape of five persons.[2][3]



In 1884 Thomas Humber patented a safety bicycle.[4]

The bicycles were made by Humber car manufacturer from the 1880s until 1932 when sold to Raleigh, who continued the brand name into the 1970s.[5]


Humber also manufactured, at one time, an unusual type of bicycle frame known variously as "cross frames", "girder frames", or "truss frames". Their variant was also duplex, consisting in part of smaller side-by-side tubes similar to the duplex fork pictured on this page.[6]


In 1896 Humber produced the first practical motorcycle by fitting a bicycle with an E. J. Pennington two-horsepower motor.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Sheldon. "The Golden Age of 3 Speeds". Sheldon Brown. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Chainwheel Tattoo Project: Humber". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Martin's Bicycle Page: 1971 Humber". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ "1884 Humber safety bicycle". Grace's Guide. 2008. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  5. ^ "March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club: Humber Royal 1954". Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Cross Frames: Historical Evolution". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Humber". Retrieved 6 July 2008.