Bicycle

Safety bicycle – Wikipedia

A safety bicycle (or simply a safety) is a type of bicycle that became very popular beginning in the late 1880s as an alternative to the penny-farthing (“ordinary”) and is now the most common type of bicycle. Early bicycles of this style were known as safety bicycles because they were noted for, and marketed as, being safer than the high wheelers they were replacing.[1] Even though modern bicycles use a similar design, the term is rarely used today and may be considered obsolete.[2]

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The term ‘safety bicycle’ was used in the 1880s for any alternative to the penny-farthing. The front and rear wheel were not necessarily the same size.[3] Later historians began to use the term in a more restricted way, for the design that was a direct ancestor to most modern bicycles.[4][5]

“Diamond frame” is also sometimes used as

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Definition of Bicycle at Dictionary.com

[ bahy-si-kuh l, -sik-uh l, -sahy-kuh l ]

/ ˈbaɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl, -ˌsaɪ kəl /


noun

a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat.

verb (used without object), bi·cy·cled, bi·cy·cling.

verb (used with object), bi·cy·cled, bi·cy·cling.

to ship or transport directly by bicycle or other means.

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Origin of bicycle

From French, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at bi-1, cycle

OTHER WORDS FROM bicycle

bi·cy·clist, bi·cy·cler, noun

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bicycle | Definition, History, Types, & Facts

Bicycle predecessors

Historians disagree about the invention of the bicycle, and many dates are challenged. It is most likely that no individual qualifies as the inventor and that the bicycle evolved through the efforts of many. Although Leonardo da Vinci was credited with having sketched a bicycle in 1492 in his Codex Atlanticus, the drawing was discovered to be a forgery added in the 1960s. Another presumed bicycle ancestor, the vélocifère, or célérifère, of the 1790s was a fast horse-drawn coach that is not considered to be a predecessor of the bicycle.


Draisiennes, hobby-horses, and other velocipedes

The first two-wheeled rider-propelled machine for which there is indisputable evidence was the draisienne, invented by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun of Germany. In 1817 he rode it for 14 km (9 miles), and the following year he exhibited it in Paris. Although von Drais called his device

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definition of bicycle by The Free Dictionary

They then play up to the idea by leaving this bicycle in the park as proof of the existence of some outsider.
Here, after looking at the marks of the bicycle, which followed, going and coming, the neat footprints, I thought I might intervene.
And then young Bert Smallways got a motor bicycle….
My attention was caught firstly by a bicycle lying carelessly on the turf, and secondly and lastly by a graceful woman’s figure, recumbent and evidently sleeping against the turf bank, well tucked in among the afternoon shadows.
But it was something to Ralph to get any air at all, other than night-air, and the bicycle did the rest.
One fine May morning, as she cantered along the avenue at Brandon Beeches on a powerful bay horse, the gates at the end opened and a young man sped through them on a bicycle. He was
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