Boneshaker Bicycle

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Boneshaker is a name used from about 1869 up to the present time, to refer to the first type of true bicycle with pedals, which was called “velocipede” (from the Latin for “fast foot") by its manufacturers. “Boneshaker” refers to the extremely uncomfortable ride, which was caused by the stiff wrought-iron frame and wooden wheels surrounded by tires made of iron.


Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed., vol. 7) (New York, NY: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 1910)


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