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No. 37. 'Claviger' bicycle: solid tyres. Weight 58.25 lbs. Date about 1887. Presented by Ernest Wilson, captain of the Lewisham Bicycle Club. Made by the Claviger Cycle Co., Ltd. New Bridge Street, Strangeways, Manchester.
The following extract from the manufacturer's advertisements will cause amusement: "Our method of driving will entirely supersede rotary and chain-driven machines." It would be cruel to comment on this statement; besides, it is not clever to prophesy after the event.
As will be gathered from the illustration, the rear ends of the two rocking levers carry pinions which engage with and drive similar pinions on the wheel axle — merely another version of the ancient "Sun and Planet" system of gearing.