1918 Standard Humber Model 9
Special Order: 29″ Tall frame with Double Top Tube
Sturmey-Archer Model K 3-speed gear
Military fittings added
Frame No 454301 (partly indistinct)
For their 1915 ‘Military Humber’ the company simply added military fittings to their most robust frame. As the Humber rear brake linkage conflicts with the usual position for the front rifle clip – on the offside of the steering head – Humber’s front rifle clip was uniquely mounted on the nearside.
Humber offered frames in any size for both civilian and military use. This 29″ frame model was supplied as a double top tube roadster. It’s not a heavyweight model like the roadsters favoured by police forces, but a medium weight machine. It was manufactured at Humber’s Coventry factory.
When I found this Humber in a friend’s collection 8 years ago, I snapped it up because of its unique tall size. I also needed to illustrate the World War 1 Humber Military Model for my book on the history of military bicycles. So – just as was done during that war – I militarised this civilian bicycle by adding military fittings such as a front carrier rack and rifle clips.
The bicycle itself is in very good original unrestored condition, with the remains of its box lining on the mudguards, and with its steering head transfer (decal) intact. It’s ready to ride.