home
delivery
products
search
 
add to my favourites
 

The 'Windsor' ordinary bicycle, 1878.


© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

image details

Description
The ordinary bicycle, or penny-farthing, was popular from the early 1870s to the late 1880s but was unstable and difficult to mount and dismount. The front wheels became increasingly large as makers realised that the larger the wheel, the further the cycle could travel with one rotation of the pedals. The lower and more stable safety bicycle of 1885 with two similarly sized wheels, which superseded the ordinary, was much the same in design as modern bicycles. This example of an ordinary made by W Willis of Eton in Buckinghamshire has a tubular frame with solid rubber tyres, and is complete with saddle and bell.
 
Artist
Richardson, Claire
 
Image Ref.
10438295
 
 
 

buy a print

Select size
 
Select finish
 
How many prints?
 
£14.60
 
 

buy a framed print

Select size
 
Select finish
 
Select quantity
 
£72.98
 
 

buy a canvas

Select canvas type
 
Select size
 
Select quantity
 
£43.79
 
 

related links

If you want to licence this image click here