Crypto Cycle Co

Crypto of Clerkenwell Road, London, produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1909.

1888 February. Stanley Exhibition of Cycles in Westminster. Tricycle with two front wheels and one rear.

1888 April. Company took limited liability to take over Crypto Cycle Company, carried on by William Thomas Shaw.

1890 Jan/Feb. A Tricycle was displayed at the Stanley Exhibition of Cycles at the Crystal Palace.

1901 Supplied Lawson with motor tricycles

1902 The company began building motorcycles and forecars fitted with Peugeot and MMC engines of various powers. Some of their models had two-speed gearing.

1904 They produced a light model that was well braced, and fitted it with a modified frame and a 2½ hp Peugeot engine. They also had a heavier model with a 3½ hp MMC engine and flat-belt drive. Also on offer was a range of electrical equipment, suitable for the home and garage.

1905 During that year they took over the agency for the Belgian Kelecom range.

1906-1908 They offered singles and twins, plus a 5hp four.

1909 The company ceased production.

Report from the Stanley Show 1902

Stand 86.

The Crypto Works Co., Ltd., have five motor-bicycles on show. These include three Crypto 2.25 h.p. and one 2.75, h.p. machines, and a featherweight, fitted with the Clement-Garrard motor. The engines of 2.25 and 2.75 horse-power are fitted in a vertical position, right in the centre of the frame. An ingenious switch and combined exhaust valve lifter is good. A special Longuemare carburetter is used, and the Lincona belt fitted. The petrol tank is of neat design and large capacity. The control levers are within easy reach of the rider's hands on the horizontal tube. A silencer of large dimensions is used, and wheels, hubs, and all frame parts are of extra strength. Dunlop or Clipper tyres are fitted at option, and the price of the 2.25 horse-power is £50, and the 2.75 £65. A Bowden back rim and a lever front rim are fitted, and the finish of the exhibit leaves nothing to be desired.

Motor Cycling, 26th November 1902

Report from the 1903 Stanley Show

The exhibit of motorcycles on the Crypto Works Co.'s stand will consist of three specimens of two different model motor-bicycles, and two specimens of the Crypto tri-car.

The Crypto tri-car is a practical light motor vehicle for two riders. The frame is built of large diameter tubing, and the steering is of the differential type. The special features of this machine are its expanding band brakes on the front wheels, the length of the belt drive, and the strong construction throughout. The front seat of one specimen to be shown has a very fine coach-built bucket seat, and the other is of upholstered cane; 2.5in. tyres are fitted to the back wheels; the engines used are 3.5 h.p. M.M.C.

The new pattern Crypto bicycle, as illustrated herewith, has been designed to fill the present-day requirements for a comparatively light bicycle, with ample engine power. The frame, which has been duly protected, is exceptionally strong and symmetrical. The engine fitted is a 2.5 h.p. Peugeot. The whole machine weighs 100 lbs.

The other motor-bicycle will be of the now well-known Crypto type, fitted with a 3.5 h.p. M.M.C. engine. This machine is specially suitable for racing and for trailer and fore-carriage work. This exhibit will be at the Stanley Show, and we shall further illustrate the firm's novelties in our Show Special.

The Motor magazine, 18th November 1902

Sources: Graces Guide, Motor Cycling magazine, The Motor magazine.