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Date Made/Found: circa 1870
Department: Social History
Accession Number: L1931.85
The boneshaker bicycle was invented in the 1860s. It was so called because its wood and metal wheels caused the rider to be jolted in the saddle. The earliest types had no pedals at all and relied on the cyclist to scoot themselves along with their feet. Boneshakers had pedals directly attached to the front wheel which caused problems when turning sharp corners. Its top speed was described as a fast walking pace.
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