Care 2 Go For a Spin?

Around 1866, bicycles had wooden spokes and no brakes!

Wooden Spoke Bicycle Photo: R. Cuningham

Our local bicycle heaven exhibits classic bikes from the rafters. Have you seen one of this vintage?

¡Olé! –Rebecca

This is part of Debbie’s Six Word Saturday. Click on the challenge name for some great photos! 

Rebecca Cuningham

40 thoughts on “Care 2 Go For a Spin?

  1. Wooden spokes and no brakes? Perhaps with wooden spokes one couldn’t go fast enough to need brakes?? Rebecca, you are good at finding such interesting things. I love your eye!

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    1. Oh, my, the ones that look like an adult tricycle, but with only two wheels, the enormous one in front and the tiny in back?! That would be a sight to see *in use*. Please take a photo if you get the chance. : )

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  2. We actually own a penny farthing, a business expense, really, since we’re entertainers. My husband rides on it whenever we are booked for Victoria days. Good fun. I actually met my husband when he was riding his penny farthing. One sure way of getting attention….

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  3. Maybe you braked the bike by reverse pedalling. Dutch bike do this- a real danger for an English cyclist hiring a Dutch bike. In Holland I once reached for the brakes to avoid a collision instead of reverse pedalling! Scattered pedestrians like ninepins!

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  4. Bicycles with no brakes!
    Worked well in the late 1800s but in this era, it is better to stay at home instead of going out on bicycle without any brakes.


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