Monday, 28 July 2014

Rickshaw Bicycles in England

I saw this Rickshaw Bicycle in the Coventry Transport Museum, where it was on loan. It was made in 1987 by the Hero Company in Bangladesh.
Previously, I came across this machine:

It was in the most unlikely setting of Cromford, Derbyshire, England. It seemed quite old and in need of tender loving care, not to mention a saddle. 
I saw that the bicycle had been manufactured by K.W.

As I had never heard of this brand, I looked them up and found it is an Indian company – still very much in existence. K.W. was founded in 1956 by Karam Singh and Wasan Singh. It seems to be based in Ludhiana, in the far north of India. The company specialises in a full range of bicycle parts as well as complete machines. Its range seems to comprise robust, solid bicycles, ready for rugged use.
You may note that this rickshaw bicycle has a double top tube and a double down tube – a real belt and braces approach to frame building. There are still some frames in the company’s range that have these ‘double bars’. 

Now, can somebody tell me how this bicycle came to be in remote rural England?