Ernest Loosley

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Ernest Alfred Loosley (born December 1862 in Marylebone, London, England; died February 22, 1895 in West End) was a bicycle repairman and merchant.

Loosley married the former Isabel Thompson in Carlisle, Cumbria in December 1887. They emigrated to the United States in 1890 or 1891 and settled in Birmingham along with Isabel's sister, Elizabeth Thompson.

Loosley was employed to supervise the expanded bicycle repair department of the Birmingham Arms & Cycle Co. in 1893. On May 3, 1894 he founded his own Loosley Cycle Co. which survived him for at least a few years and sold the "Birmingham Bicycle" for $40.00. Loosley had submitted patent applications for a chain guard and crank drawer, but neither were granted before his death.

Loosley is buried with his wife, who died in 1894, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

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