Bicycle High Wheel

The high wheel bicycle were made back in the 1870s. It is known as the bicycle high wheel from the front wheel being much larger than the back. It was made that way for speed purposes but was very unsafe. If you hit a spot in the road it could very easily throw you off. This bicycle was made for the adventurous man who wanted to be high up in the air. The bicycle high wheels were the first to be called bicycles.

The bicycle high wheel rolled easier over stones, cobbles, and ruts. These bicycles were made from cast iron frames and solid rubber tires, and bearings for steering, wheels, and pedals. Although these bicycles were hard to get on and off they were famous for their speed. By 1890 they were replaced by the safety bicycle. Although to this day you can still purchase a bicycle high wheel, they are a bit pricey but are sure to get a smile out of anyone's face just watching you get on or off of it. For those antique collectors this is a must have.

Lovely Vintage Old Fashioned Antique High Wheel TRICYCLE BIKE Brooch Gold GG130e
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Tricycle For Toddlers Retro Girl PINK Cruiser 3 Wheel Bike Bell High Quality NEW
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HIGHWHEEL BICYCLE PROGRESSIVE TRAMP KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES HIGHWHEEL BIKE
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LOT OF 2 VINTAGE PENNY FARTHING BICYCLE PINS BROOCHES HIGH WHEEL ENAMEL ESTATE
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High Wheel Bicycle Pin Brooch Signed NLH
High Wheel Bicycle Pin Brooch Signed NLH

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Old Fashioned Vintage Style High Wheel Bicycle Plant Stand Two Pails In Outdoor
Old Fashioned Vintage Style High Wheel Bicycle Plant Stand Two Pails In Outdoor

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POLICE SPORTS HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE RACE BOXING WRESTLING antique original 1878
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1880 54 STANDARD COLUMBIA HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE ANTIQUE VETERAN PENNY FARTHING
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COOL UNIQUE BLACK ROAD BIKE QUICK RELEASE WHEEL SKEWER SET HIGH END
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New Gold Metal Old Fashioned High Wheel Bicycle Wind Chime W Bells
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Vintage Goebel KL 894 Decanter Jug Figural Comic High Wheel Bicycle
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Custom Robot on High Wheel Bike TPS Gay 90s Cyclist
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Vintage Charm Old Fashioned High Wheel Bicycle Plant Stand w 2 Attached Pails
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800 SILVER MINIATURE HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE 350x250x125 6910gr MADE IN ITALY
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High Wheel Bike Garden Spinner Halloween Witch
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Premier High Wheel Bike Garden Spinner Santa
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Penny farthing, high wheeler, high wheel, and ordinary. These terms are all used to describe the infamous bicycle high wheel. These specific types of bikes were manufactured with an extremely large front wheel and a drastically smaller rear wheel. Though today these bicycles are known mainly as penny farthers, they were not described as such until the near end of the manufacturing. These remarkable inventions boggled even the most advanced mine. Visually appealing and extremely hard to ride, the bicycle high wheel was invented in 1840. It opened the doors for cycling as a sport, and was a trademark of the Victorian era. Though it did not last long, the bicycle high wheel certainly left its mark in history and changed the sport of bicycling forever.