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Ariel bicycle, 1870.

Ariel bicycle, 1870.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 32cm


Ariel bicycle with no pedals, tyres or saddle. The Ariel was designed by James Starley and William Hillman at a bicycle factory in Coventry, and was the first bicycle to define the features of the ordinary bicycle (commonly known as the penny farthing).

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