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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Transport  >  Vehicles  >  Land transport  >  Bicycles
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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 ...

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'Razor Jr Scuttlebug' tricycle, 2005

This is a 'Razor Jr Scuttlebug' tricycle with packaging, manufactured from plastic, metal, cardboard and paper, designed by Ideation Design, Melbourne, Victoria and made by Funtastic Ltd, China. It features a blue plastic seat, handle and wheels and stainless steel tubing. The three wheels fold in under the seat for transport ...

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Cyclops Dinkie tricycle in box, 1997

This is a 'Dinkie' tricycle in its original packaging, manufactured from metal and plastic by Cyclops in Thailand. The tricycle comprises a tubular metal frame, with plastic seat, pedals, wheels and rear carry tray. The wheels are spoked with black rubber tyres. The tricycle is designed for children from 2 to 5 years. It ...

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Olympic 'Superbike', 1997

This is the white Olympic 'Superbike', a carbon fibre and metal racing bicycle built in 1997. The mass of the bike is 5 kg.

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Dursely Pedersen safety bicycle, c1899

This is a Dursley Pedersen gentleman's safety bicycle designed by Mikael Pedersen and made between 1899 and 1910. This chain-driven bicycle features a triangular frame of light duplicated metal tubes with a saddle slung between the front and rear forks. It has a three-speed hub gear. The 26-inch wheels have pneumatic (air-filled) ...

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Taylor sisters and Beverley Lloyd riding their bikes to school, Noble Park, 1958-59

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Denise Taylor with her sisters Lorraine and Lynette and their friend Beverley Lloyd standing with their bicycles. The girls are wearing school uniform consisting of a dress and blazer. Each bicycle has a basket in the front to hold school bags. The image is a digital scan of ...

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Eddie Whiting 'dinking' two other boys on bike, Station Pier, Port Melbourne, 1935

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Eddie Whiting dinking two boys on a bike. Ron Robertson is sitting on the frame in front of him, while a small boy called Alfie Wood is clinging to Eddie's back. The photograph was taken on the wooden boardwalk at Station Pier. Behind the boys are other people walking and a wooden ...

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Reproduction draisine (hobbyhorse) bicycle, c1820

This is a heavy timber- and iron-framed draisine, or hobbyhorse, bicycle. It has two timber wheels of equal size with radial spokes and iron tyres. Although steering from the front wheel is achievable, there are no pedals or brakes. There is a padded leather seat and a padded leather armrest, which provides greater purchase ...

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The penny-farthing

Henry and his uncle make a sprung leather saddle for a penny-farthing. When Henry brings news of his success to Franklin, he is shocked to discover that his friend is still angry for the trouble he has landed them both in.

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Bike use in Europe is streets ahead

In the German city of Leipzig, it seems as if almost everyone rides a bike. Like many European cities, Leipzig is 'bike friendly' and its residents have taken full advantage. In this clip, the reporter shows us why Europe is streets ahead when it comes to encouraging bike use and investigates what it might take for Australian ...

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Moving Machines

This learning object provides simple animations that illustrate how gears work; the bicycle is chosen as an example for further study. The topic concludes with a self test and a tool for developing ideas for further research. Two pdf files, ‘The cost of getting around’ and ‘The story behind the bicycle’ may be downloaded. ...

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Lost bike [French]

Design bikes using words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose features to complete a bike you would like to build. Then build a bike to match a description given by a French friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where the bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is a combination of two objects in ...

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Lost bike: build to order [French]

Build a bike to match a description given by a French friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where the bike is hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Lost bike: build your own bike [French]

Design a bike using words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose features to complete a bike you would like to build. Use pictures and feedback to find where your bike is hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Lost bike [Italian]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Then build a bike to match a description given by a Italian friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a village. This learning object is a combination ...

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Lost bike: build to order [Italian]

Build a bike to match a description given by an Italian friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where the bike is hidden in a town. This learning object is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Lost bike: build your own bike [Italian]

Design a bike using words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose features to complete a bike you would like to build. Use pictures and feedback to find where your bike is hidden in a town. This learning object is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Lost bike [Greek]

Design bikes using words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose features to complete a bike you would like to build. Then build a bike to match a description given by a Greek friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where the bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is a combination of two objects in the ...