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Elliptic Cycle Company (1897)

An 1897 advert for Peterborough’s Elliptic Cycle Company of 13 Brook Street ….. who were hoping to launch an improved style of bicycle.

Their idea was based around a chainless safety bicycle in which the rear wheel was driven directly by a “sun-and-planet” type motion with the pedals attached to the ends of long levers in such a manner that they moved through a “graceful” oval path.

Clearly the idea never caught on !