The FIRST Safety Bicycle?

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.

From Wikipedia

(Attempted to post this in Articles, but somehow it wound up here)

Might be of some interest to someone?


4 response to "The FIRST Safety Bicycle?"

  1. By: DJG Posted: December 26, 2022

    Yes chain drive, diamond frame. wheel size and the development of the pneumatic tyre allowed a whole generation to experience mobility unknown to previous ones.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2022
  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 26, 2022

    Was a big jump from the penny farthing to the safety bike. I think Da Vinci had plans with equal sized wheels

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 27, 2022

    Good to see you! Hope you are enjoying your summer cycling!

    That is quite a complex, convoluted, and confusing story about the Da Vinci bicycle!

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