James Starley

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Birthday
21, 1831
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 17, 1881 (50)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
21, 1831
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 17, 1881 (50)

About

Considered the founder of the bicycle industry, he was among the first and most successful producers, innovators, and sellers of the new vehicle.

Before Fame

He was a prolific inventor from his earliest days. He developed a window blind controllable with a single string, a bassinet that could soothe the most colicky baby, and improved sewing machines.

Trivia

He immediately saw room for improvement after the introduction of the new French velocipede invention. He built a version with lighter wheels, later creating the patented cross-spoke method.

Family Life

He was born in the village of Albourne in Sussex.

Associated With

His contemporary Karl von Drais also contributed to the design and popularization of the first bicycles.

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