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Armstrong Triplex Three-Speed Gear Co

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of Icknield Street, Birmingham

Also see Armstrong Triplex Three-Speed Co

1906 Harry Reilly (brother of William Reilly) set up the Armstrong Triplex Three-Speed Gear Co, using one of William's discarded hub designs. The name Armstrong was from Harry's father-in-law.

This caused a rift with Frank Bowden of Raleigh Cycle Co, makers of the competing Sturmey-Archer gear.

New Hudson Cycle Co favoured the Armstrong gear.

1907 Armstrong Triplex was incorporated as a limited company, with their headquarters at the St. George’s Engineering factory.

1910 William Reilly resigned from Raleigh.

1911 The Armstrong three-speed hub was shown at Olympia; 2 types, for bicycle and for sidecar[1]

Apparently, when New Rapid Cycle Co (also at St. George's Engineering's works) encountered financial difficulties, New Rapid was taken over by New Hudson Cycle Co.

1914 Raleigh bought the Armstrong Triplex Three-Speed Gear Co from New Hudson for £6000.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 22, 1911
  • Online Vintage Bicycle Museum [1]