Rambler (bicycle)

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Rambler
1891gormullyjefferyad.jpg
1891 Rambler advertisement
Product typeBicycle
Produced by
CountryUnited States
Introduced1878
Related brandsRambler automobile

Rambler was an American bicycle brand manufactured by the Gormully & Jeffery Manufacturing Company (G&J) in Chicago from 1878 to 1900 and subsequently by the American Bicycle Company.

History[edit]

The Rambler brand was created in 1878 by Thomas B. Jeffery, who co-founded G&J in Chicago with R. Philip Gormully. At the time, low prices often took precedence over quality but in manufacturing the Rambler, G&J used several more costly techniques, such as using brass-brazed joints instead of more common non-brazed welds, which improved the quality of the bicycle.

In 1897 Jeffery built his first Rambler automobile, a simple single cylinder car with bicycle wheels and a forerunner of the 1901 Rambler Model A.[1]

Jeffery sold his stake in the successful bicycle company in 1900 to the American Bicycle Company to focus on automobiles after favorable responses to his exhibition of a $900 runabout at auto shows.[2] At the time, G&J was the second-largest bicycle manufacturer in the US.[3]

Manufacturing[edit]

The Rambler's body featured flared metal tubing for extra strength at the joints, which were brazed by immersion in molten brass. These techniques continued even after Gormully & Jeffery and Rambler became brands of the American Bicycle Company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flammang, James M. (1999). 100 Years of the American Auto Millennium Edition. United States:Publications International, Ltd.
  2. ^ "Gormully & Jeffery Mfg. Co". Chicagology. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  3. ^ Hoglund, Laura; Molony, Senan; Tavares, Judith (July 25, 2011). "Mr. Charles Thomas Jeffery". Lusitania Resource. Retrieved March 29, 2022.