One of the oldest bikes in the world, 199 years old, found in disused barn

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The bike was discovered during a building demolition in Beaconsfield, but how long the bike has been hidden away remains a mystery.

Mr Stockdale said: “I have been a bike enthusiast for 40 years and so to come across this really is the holy grail for me, it’s what you always dream of finding, let alone owning.

“This bike is a real survivor and it feels just fantastic to have come across this bike after all my years of collecting.”

The 199-year-old bike was originally made by Denis Johnson who registered a patent for the bike in 1818.

Johnson made 320 of the machines in 1819 with only 12 known to be in existence today.

It is believed by Mr Stockdale that this barn find is the oldest of the dozen as Johnston would number his bikes, but this particular machine was made pre-numbering strongly suggesting it was one of the first to be built.

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