Singer 'The British Challenge' 1887

This ordinary is a 'The British Challenge', (you can check it on the spring) and according to Max (who took the pictures) it has serial number 45125. This means it was built in 1887.

It features a 51 inch driving wheel, a special and interesting saddle spring construction, the second type of Singer detachable handlebars and a very attractive print. I am not sure if paint is original, normally parts like hubs were nickle plated on these bikes. The Lucas King of the Road-hub lamp has been painted green, though it was only available in black. Saddle looks original, the bell is a disgrace on such a magnificent bike...

Max photographed it in the depot of the Joanneum Museum in Graz. It is a shame it is no part of their normal exhibit.