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Ron Schroer's Boneshaker Bigwheel superficially resembles the kind of old-timey bicycle called penny-farthing, but don't be fooled: the all-wood machine actually crawls on a set of legs on the back.
Women raced the ungainly high-wheel penny-farthings throughout the 1880s, but the advent of the safety bicycle, with its equal-sized wheels, chain drive, improved braking, and lower cost, made the sport more accessible.
Also on display are several penny-farthing bikes, which were invented in 1869 and had tall front wheels.
But this was the age of the penny-farthing and the Flying Yankee Velocipede: no potential cycling innovation could go undiscovered.
New claims will arise; women will demand the vote; lads from 12 to 21 will think their rights not enough attended to; and every man who has not a farthing, will demand an equal voice with any other, in all acts of state.
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Definition of farthing for English Language Learners
: a former British coin that had a value equal to 1/4 of a penny
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