c.1896  Alpha Bantam  Crypto-geared

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The “Alpha Bantam” was made by the Crypto Cycle Company Ltd of 47 Farrington Road, London, and was the last of a series of attempts to maintain the popularity of front driving against the irresistible advance of chain drive to the rear wheel. I.W. Boothroyd, the proprietor of the Crypto Cycle Co. was greatly in favour of the front drive system, as is shown by his association with the “Facile”, “Geared Facile”, “Geared Ordinary”, “Front Driver”, and three different types of “Bantam”, of which the “Alpha” was the final development.

From “Bartleet’s Bicycle Book”, H.W. Bartleet, No. 24, page 58

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