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of 117 Soho Road and Farm Street, Birmingham.
See John Ridgway
1884 Production of bicycles began; the firm offered frames, forks and many other components to the trade
1895 Two listings: John Ridgway, 27 New Town Row, Bicycle Manufacturer; John Ridgway, 40 New Street, Aston, Cycle fittings manufacturer.
1903 1904 Listed John Ridgway, 354 Farm Street, Cycle manufacturer.
1904 Listed John Ridgway, 354 (back of) Farm Street under Cycle manufacturers.
The company then dealt mainly in components.
1906 'John Ridgway, 117, Soho-road, Handsworth, was charged at the City Police Court yesterday with failing to ratify the change of ownership of a motor-cycle registered "0360". - Defendant's explanation was that, although he registered the cycle, he did not build it, but he had built three others and sold them.'
1911 JAP V-twins of 6hp or 8hp were used.
1912 Just the 8hp JAP was used, then in came Precision singles of 3.5hp and 4.25hp.
1912 Listed as Pilot Cycle Co, Cycle makers, 83 Soho Road, Handsworth; works 354 (back of) Farm street.
1914 Advertisement for used 1912 model. 'PILOT Cycle-Car. 8-h.p.. 1912 model, Coventry Simplex engine, Bosch magneto, Stewart wheel, hood, screen, lamps; bargain, £55.'<re>Birmingham Daily Post - Tuesday 24 February 1914</ref>
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of cars see the 1917 Red Book
1913 The JAP single was back again.
1914 Only Precision engines were used, and the four-strokes were joined by a model fitted with a 318cc two-stroke.
1915 The range was reduced to models fitted with Precision singles of 199cc and 597cc, plus a 499cc V-twin, all with sv, and the two-stroke. No further production of motorcycles