Story: Bicycles

Safety bicycles

Safety bicycles

A new type of bicycle appeared in the late 1880s. The safety bicycle became the standard cycle for almost a century. It was relatively small and comfortable to ride, and much more suitable for women and children than the velocipede or the penny-farthing. This stand of safety bicycles is at the Nelson Trade Show in 1901.

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Types of bicycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016