Cycling History: What Was The “Safety Bicycle”?

By the late 19th century, cycling’s popularity was booming. However, the bikes of the day were far removed from anything that’d look familiar to a modern cyclist. The penny farthing reigned supreme – and while it was a vast improvement on its predecessor, the “boneshaker”, it’s design still left a lot to be desired. Before … Read more

What is a Penny Farthing Bicycle?

When you think of an old-timey bicycle, what comes to mind? The penny farthing is a 19th-century bike design featuring one very large front wheel and a comparatively tiny rear wheel. This bike is also known as a high wheel. How did this odd bike come to be? Why the unusual design?  What is a penny … Read more