safety bicycle


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Noun1.Safety bicycle - bicycle that has two wheels of equal sizesafety bicycle - bicycle that has two wheels of equal size; pedals are connected to the rear wheel by a multiplying gear
bicycle, bike, cycle, wheel - a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
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In the first episode, Hannah investigates how innovations in science and technology - including the X-ray, safety bicycle and proto-aeroplane - transformed Britain in the 1890s, with the end of the 19th century heralding the beginning of a new 'Electric Age'.
This machine is the principal means of transportation, recreation and sports in many parts of the world as a result of adaptations in design, but the basic shape and configuration of a typical upright or 'safety bicycle' has changed little, since the development of the chain-driven model around 1885.
His brainchild was the Starley Safety Bicycle. Known as the 'Rover' it was produced by was produced by Rover from 1885.
Ritchie, the author of other books on the history of cycling and the bicycle, provides a social and technical history of the development of bicycle racing and technology from 1868 to 1903 in Britain, France, and the US, from the earliest ovelocipedes,o to the period of the classic high-wheel bicycle, to the era of the safety bicycle and the pneumatic tire, and the rise of modern international road and track racing, including the first Olympic Games, as well as cycling as recreational, touring, and utility riding during the period.
Old "high-wheel" bicycles had largely fallen out of fashion by the early 1890s and were replaced by the so-called "safety bicycle," which featured chain-driven gearing; pneumatic tires; and a low, comfortable mount.
Although the bicycle dates to the early 1800s, decades passed before a bicycle craze swept North America in the 1890s, driven by invention of the "safety bicycle" with its chain drive, and the pneumatic tire.
Following the invention of the safety bicycle by John Kemp Starley in 1885, production of bicycles soared worldwide and it seems that JA Phillips, who appears to have been the principal shareholder, was motivated to enter the burgeoning cycle industry by the rapid demise (after 1860) of the cotton and silk trades in Coventry, his home city, and upon which the family prosperity was originally built.
Following the invention of the safety bicycle by John Kemp Starley in 1885, production of bicycles soared worldwide and it seems that JA Phillips - who appears to have been the principal shareholder - was motivated to enter the burgeoning cycle industry by the rapid demise (after 1860) of the cotton and silk trades in Coventry, his home city, and upon which the family prosperity was originally built.
In 1889, Willie Hume proved the superiority of a safety bicycle fitted with pneumatic tyres developed by John Boyd Dunlop.
1885 - The Rover brand starts life as a bicycle - Starley & Sutton Co's Rover Safety Bicycle, which replaces the unstable penny farthing bicycles of its day.
The solution was the Safety bicycle, popularised by Starley's Rover featuring gears and equal-sized wheels.
For women, different bicycle models offered different discursive and performative options, from the passive role of a female tandem rider to the freedom of riding a male safety bicycle in a trouser suit.