Victorian bicycles

Inventor Kirkpatrick MacMillan’s bike had pedals on it. The Scotsman lived in Victorian times, an era that gave birth to several iconic two (or more) wheelers.

The velocipede (or boneshaker) popularily known as the penny-farthing was absolutely not aunique sight on the streets of London. Born is France, the iconic bicyclesoon became popular in England.

Its name refers to the coins (penny and farthing) , since one of the coins is larger than the other, just like the bike’s wheels.

A late-Victorian inventor, Edward Burstow’s idea was put into practise in Horsham, West Sussex. This bicycle gat the name “pentacycle” and was used by local postmen to deliver letters and parcels. It was nicknamed “the hen and chinkens” because of its shape: the large middle wheel (the hen) and the for smallers wheels on the sides (the chickens). Despte its popularity in and around Horsham, the development was not used anywhere else in Britain.


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