Humber pattern 'safety' bicycle, 1888.
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This bicycle had a smaller front wheel than the rear or driving wheel, although this was soon abandoned. It was a 'dwarf roadster', with a framing patented in 1884 by Mr Thomas Humber. The spokes are radial and the tyres are made of solid rubber. The front wheel is 17.5 inches in diameter and the rear wheel is 30 inches.