Racycle is named after the company’s first president, F.H. Ray. The bicycles were produced by the Miami Cycle Co. in Middletown, OH from 1896 until the mid 1920s. They produced 6 models per year, only one of which was intended for racing: the top-of-the-line “pacemaker”. Despite its name, the “racer” was the company’s top end general purpose bicycle. Racycle developed 2 major technologies that set them apart from other manufacturers. The huge 30 tooth front chainring was used to reduce strain on the chain and the rest of the drivetrain by reducing the turning angle of the chain rollers. This allowed Racycle to use a narrower chain than their competitors. Also, Racycle developed a style of crankset and bottom bracket in which the bearings race is housed outside of the frame in the crankset itself. The system is incredibly similar to the outboard bearing pipe style cranksets seen on high end bicycles today! Racycle was sold to the Westfield Manufacturing Co., the makers of Columbia bicycles, by 1925.
c.1910 Made in Middletown, OH, U.S.A.