The Meyer-Guilmet Bicyclette
Though it never saw production, this chain drive, and nearly equal-sized-wheels bicycle, predates HJ Lawson’s chain drive and JK Starley’s Rover by at least a decade or more
History of the machine HERE
Chain drive was the main feature which differentiated the safety bicycle introduced in 1885, with its two equal-sized wheels, from the direct-drive penny-farthing or “high wheeler” type of bicycle. The popularity of the chain-driven safety bicycle brought about the demise of the penny-farthing, and is still a basic feature of bicycle design today.
(Attempted to post this in Articles, but somehow it wound up here)
Might be of some interest to someone?