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John Kemp Starley
Birth: Dec. 14, 1854
Walthamstow
Greater London, England
Death: Oct. 29, 1901
Coventry
Warwickshire, England

British businessman and inventor who is widely recognised as the father of the modern bicycle. He was born in Walthamstow, Essex. He moved to Coventry in 1872, first to work for his uncle building Ariel bicycles and then to go into business with local cycling enthusiast William Sutton in 1877 when they founded Starley and Sutton Company. They worked together to improve on the usability and safety of the penny farthing, which was the standard model of bicycle at this time. The breakthrough came in 1885, when Starley developed the Rover Safety Bicycle. It was chain-driven cycle, with both wheels the same size. Cycling magazine thought that it 'set the pattern to the world' and it did indeed look strikingly similar to the modern bicycle, as well as being a great commercial success across the world. (bio by: Matt Harrison) 
 
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  Abigail Starley (____ - 1937)*
 
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Burial:
London Road Cemetery
Coventry
Metropolitan Borough of Coventry
West Midlands, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Matt Harrison
Record added: May 27, 2013
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John Kemp Starley
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John Kemp Starley
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John Kemp Starley
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- Legsie11
 Added: Apr. 28, 2015

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Dec. 14, 2014
An invention that would change the world I go mountain biking in the woods sometimes only 10 miles and other days 20 it just depends on how much energy I have don't know what I'd do without my bike rest in Heavenly peace knowing your legacy lives on...(Read more)
- KASSIOPEIA
 Added: Oct. 12, 2014
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