The history of the creation and development of the tricycle is almost as long as that of the bicycle, but appears to be far less well documented and not to exist at all on the internet. This is a new section for The Tricycle Association Website designed to give an introduction to the history of the tricycle and particularly covering post World War 2 developments. If you have information you would like to add or any comments you would like to make please contact the TA Webmaster.

The History has two main sections “Tricycle Axles” and “Tricycle Frames“.
A new section “Tricycling People” is being added to feature the riders of the past.

First in the section will be Harold ‘Harty’ Millington following a request from his son Keith for more information about his father’s tricycling career.

The AbingdonBarronHarden/BiggsHigginsHoldsworthJamesLongstaffPaulsonRogers,Thompson and TJ CyclesTrykit axle pages have information on them

as do the GillottHigginsJack TaylorKendrickRogersThompsonTJ CyclesTrykit frame pages.

My thanks to all those who have already helped or offered support:
Mike Bamford
Geoff Booker
Norman Fenn
Miss Frobisher
Dave Hardy
Chris Hewitt
Peter Holland
Bill Hurlow
Norman Kilgariff
Fergus Muir
Andrew Pattle
Chris Paulson
John Purser
Martin Purser
Paul Stevenson
Trevor Jarvis
Geoff Lonsdale

and from old Gazette articles:
Stan Bray
David Duffield
Alf Layzell
George Longstaff

Texts of which I am already aware on the subject are:

Derek Roberts of the Veteran Cycle Club wrote a series of articles defining the early years of the tricycle. Parts 1 -7, published 1963 – 1965 are with Martin Purser. We have just received permission to publish extracts from this series. They will be added gradually over the next year.

Tricycles by Higgins Cycles London (Register of Higgins Tricycles) compiled by Chris Hewitt
The third edition of Chris Hewitt’s Register of Higgins Cycles has just been published with details of 118 bicycles and 373 tricycles, a brief history of the marque, photos of a wide range of machines, axle diagrams and the register of current owners and machines from 1933 to 1966. A must read for all owners and tricycle enthusiasts alike, copies are available for £6.00 plus £1.00 P & P (UK) from Chris Hewitt, I Coleswood Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1EF. Telephone 01582 763622.

A History of the Tricycle

Produced as a collaborative project between Roger Alma of the Tricycle Association and Cyril Hancock of the Veteran-Cycle Club, using some material first published by Derek Roberts in The Boneshaker, this book traces the development of the tricycle from its conception to the present day.

The many uses of the tricycle for transport, commerce, leisure, touring and racing are all covered in the eight chapters. Profusely illustrated, the book has 116 litho printed A4 pages and is case bound with an attractive coloured cover design. See A1 TricycleHistoryCoverArtworkVer3Comments.pdf.

The price is £12.00. plus £2.40 p&p*.
Order now from Veteran-Cycle Club Sales Officer: VCC History of the Tricycle form.doc.