During this period he successfully competed in numerous road events, and in 1890, on leaving the firm, he commenced in business as a manufacturer of cycle parts. From this he developed the famous business of Chater-Lea, which was responsible for numerous special fittings for cycles and motor cycles.
He died as the result of a paralytic stroke on 15th September, 1927, at the age of sixty-eight.
He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1918, and was a Member of the Council for several years up to the time of his death.
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