Dan Albone – Cyclist, Inventor, & Manufacturer

by Ray Miller, V-CC member, and Lee Irvine, husband of one of Dan Albone’s nieces.


A lavish 434 page hardback covering the invention, production, and racing of ‘Ivel’ cycles, plus motorcycles and cars, and the invention of the first practical farm tractor.

Dan Albone was an important figure in cycling during the 1880s and 1890s, not only as rider, inventor, and ‘Ivel’ cycle manufacturer, but also as someone famous for providing hospitality for cyclists. He was not a major manufacturer but his influence was profound, working with A. J. (Faed) Wilson and G. P. Mills. He was also a great character and an important public figure in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. This comprehensive work presents new material on the development of the hands-off safety bicycle, the first practical lady’s bicycle, the tandem bicycle, as well as the Ivel Motor Car, Motor Bicycle, and the Agricultural Motor (tractor). A dozen of his catalogues are reproduced together with all of his patents.

Profusely illustrated, this book has 434 printed A4 pages and is case bound with an attractive coloured cover design.

Book Specification:

ISBN 978-0-9566337-4-3

A4 210×297 mm page size, 434 pages.

239 illustrations plus a dozen catalogues and ten patents reproduced in full.

Case bound with full colour cover.

Published by the John Pinkerton Memorial Publishing Fund (now Pinkerton Press), the publishing arm of the Veteran-Cycle Club in 2011.


V-CC members only £9.00 including UK P&P (non-members £10.35 including UK P&P).

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