Daniel Albone

Daniel (Dan) Albone (1860 - 1906) was an English inventor, manufacturer and cyclist. He invented the worlds first successful light farm tractor, and the Ivel Safety bicycle.

Born 12 September 1860 at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire to Edward and Edith Albone. The youngest of eight children, they lived at the Ongley Arms inn, between the Great North Road and the River Ivel.

For his ninth birthday he received a Boneshaker bicycle, and so began his long association with cycling.

By the age of 13, he had designed and built his own bicycle, complete with suspension, and was winning local races.

On leaving school, he undertook an apprenticeship with a Biggleswade firm of millwrights and engineers, Thomas Course and Son of Hitchin Street.

Dan won over 180 cycling prizes, including winner of the:

  • 1885 two mile open at Oundle, Northamptonshire.
  • 1885 one mile open handicap at Crystal Palace, London.
  • 1887 one mile open and two mile open at Oundle, Northamptonshire.
  • 1888 International Tricycle scratch race, Scheveningen, Netherlands.
  • In 1885 he was a founder member of the North Road Cycling Club, dedicated to cycle racing. It attracted other national cycling champions, such as George Pilkington Mills and Monty Holbein.

Dan Albone married Elizabeth Martha Moulden (1860 - 1936) in August 1887. They had two children, Stanley Dan (1889 - 1913) and Alwyne Patricia Edwards (1900 - 1954).

On 30 October 1906, while at work, Dan suffered a stroke and died. He was buried in Biggleswade Cemetery on 2 November.

Source: Graces Guide

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