History of Siegfried Bettmann & Early Triumph Bicycles

1939 Triumph Ladyback Tandem Model TDMLTV TriVelox

1939 Triumph Ladyback Tandem Model TDMLTV TriVelox

Frame: 21″ front; 20 1/2 rear

Wheels: 26 x 1 3/8

TriVelox Gears

Hub brakes

Plastic mudguards

 This is one of the rarest tandems of the 1930s. Manufacturers mostly made tandems to special order, as they were expensive machines. This model sold for £15 18/- whereas a Triumph Lady’s bicycle with TriVelox gears was nearly a third of the price, at £5 10/-

But this was the heyday for tandems and there was a lot of competition. Though Triumph was one of the top motorcycle manufacturers of the time, they were not one of the major players in the cycle market. Because they did not produce many, there are very few pre-war Triumph tandems still in existence. This one is in good original condition, with its original transfers intact on the headstock and on the seat tube. The TriVelox gear linkeage needs attention and has been removed and stored in its saddlebag.


1895 TRIUMPH TANDEM

The Triumph Cycle Co was one of the top manufacturers in the 1890s, and their tandem was a well-respected machine. The company’s history of tandem manufacture may have influenced them to offer tandems in the 1930s.

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