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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Transport  >  Vehicles  >  Land transport  >  Bicycles  >  Bicycle frames
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Penny-farthing bicycle, c1888

This is a penny-farthing, or high-wheel bicycle, built in Melbourne by H Bassett and Co in the late 1880s. Called 'The Victory', it has a 142-cm diameter front wheel and a smaller rear wheel, both with solid rubber tyres. The pedals are fixed directly to the axle of the front wheel. The leather seat sits on a 'cradle spring' ...

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Hubert Opperman bicycles

These two racing bicycles were used by the champion Australian cyclist, Hubert Opperman, in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The one on the right with red handles is a classic road-racing bicycle. The one on the left with grey handles has been made for 'motor-pacing', a type of track racing. Both were manufactured by Bruce ...

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George Burston's granddaughter describes his 'world tour', 2006

This is a sound recording of Geraldine McFarlane, granddaughter of George William Burston, describing Burston's 1888-89 'world tour' by bicycle with a companion, Harry Stokes. McFarlane outlines the route they took from Melbourne to London, pedalling much of the way on 'penny-farthing' or high-wheeled bicycles, and describes ...