Replica of Michaux's bicycle, 1861

This bicycle or "boneshaker" is driven by cranks and pedals on the front wheel.  This was the arrangement invented by Michaux of Paris in 1861 that first made bicycles popular.   From the velocipede developed the high wheeled ordinary or “penny farthing” style bicycle in the 1870s, followed by the rear wheel driven “safety” bicycle of the 1880s.
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