Penny Farthings, Bone shakers, Velocipedes and More Vintage Cycling Equipment

Following the enthusiastic reception for my article with vintage bicycle pictures (if you missed it the link is here) I have managed to unearth some even older pictures from the early days of velocipedes. Velocipedes is the collective name given to the predecessors and early versions of bicycles, penny-farthings and bones shakers which existed in the 1800s.

Before I share some of these pictures with you let me quickly mention my ‘Bike Boys’ video which includes a number of vintage photos of bicycles. You can view this video by clicking on the box below (or simply listen to the music – written by yours truly – while you read the rest of this article…

 

Now let’s take a look at some of the Velocipedes, etc.,

'Ordinary' (Penny Farthing) Bicycle Race from 1890

‘Ordinary’ (Penny Farthing) Bicycle Race from 1890

Ordinary Bicycle Race from 1890

Ordinary Bicycle Race from 1890

A Country Bike Ride in 1887

A Country Bike Ride in 1887

The Invincible German 'Renn' (or 'Racing') Bicycle drawn in 1887

The Invincible German ‘Renn’ (or ‘Racing’) Bicycle drawn in 1887

1885 Bicycle Parade at Hartford, Connecticut, USA

1885 Bicycle Parade at Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Steps No Problem for These Penny Farthing Pros in 1884

Steps No Problem for These Penny Farthing Pros in 1884

Sunset Tour for the Penny Farthing Enthusiasts Club in 1880

Sunset Tour for the Penny Farthing Enthusiasts Club in 1880

The Humber Tricycle drawn in 1887

The Humber Tricycle drawn in 1887

The Humber Tandem Tricycle

The Humber Tandem Tricycle

Drawing of Invincible 'Renn' ('Racing') Tricycle from Germany

Drawing of Invincible ‘Renn’ (‘Racing’) Tricycle from Germany

The Manuped Bicycle drawn in 1887

The Manuped Bicycle drawn in 1887

A Lady Takes a Ride on Her Otto Bicycle - Picture From 1887

A Lady Takes a Ride on Her Otto Bicycle – Picture From 1887

1882 Photo of The Charles Oldreives Tricycle

1882 Photo of The Charles Oldreives Tricycle

The 1880s 'Sociable' - Germany's First Convertible Two Seater

The 1880s ‘Sociable’ – Germany’s First Convertible Two Seater

An Early Ecofriendly Freight Vehicle - The 1880s Luggage Tricycle

An Early Ecofriendly Freight Vehicle – The 1880s Luggage Tricycle

Quakers Demonstrating Velocipede Capabilities in this 1819 Print

Quakers Demonstrating Velocipede Capabilities in this 1819 Print

1819 The Velocipede - A Must Have For 'Dandies'. Who Needs Pedals? Published in 1894

1819 The Velocipede – A Must Have For ‘Dandies’. Who Needs Pedals? Published in 1894

In the Early Days Riders Had Freedom from Pedals. As Here With Von Drais' 1818 'Reitmschine' (Riding Machine)

In the Early Days Riders Had Freedom from Pedals. As Here With Von Drais’ 1818 ‘Reitmschine’ (Riding Machine)

As Fashion Items Velocipedes Featured Often on Tobacco Packs. This One is from 1869

As Fashion Items Velocipedes Featured Often on Tobacco Packs. This One is from 1869

Velocipede Riders Used to Promote Tobacco in 1869

Velocipede Riders Used to Promote Tobacco in 1869

Clearly It Was Common For Gentlemen on Velocipedes To Smoke Pipes in 1869

Clearly It Was Common For Gentlemen on Velocipedes To Smoke Pipes in 1869

Long Before The Starship Enterprise Travellers Could Experience Double Warp Speed by Smoking This Stuff When Riding The Newly Developed Bikes With Rubber Tyres in 1861

Long Before The Starship Enterprise Travellers Could Experience Double Warp Speed by Smoking This Stuff When Riding The Newly Developed Bikes With Rubber Tyres in 1861

Before the Invention Of Rubber Tyres Riders Had to Endure A Pretty Rough Journey On 'The Boneshaker' - This One is from 1868

Before the Invention Of Rubber Tyres Riders Had to Endure A Pretty Rough Journey On ‘The Boneshaker’ – This One is from 1868

The Michaux Velocipede Was Popular From 1867 to 1869. Then It Was Superseded By The 'Ordinary' or Penny Farthing

The Michaux Velocipede Was Popular From 1867 to 1869. Then It Was Superseded By The ‘Ordinary’ or Penny Farthing

Bigger Wheels Meant More Distance For Each Turn of The Pedal -Also Fewer Wheels meant Fewer Service Problems. The Ultimate One Wheeler

Bigger Wheels Meant More Distance For Each Turn of The Pedal -Also Fewer Wheels meant Fewer Service Problems. The Ultimate One Wheeler

If You Prefer Your Little Wheel 'Up front' Try this Tricycle from 1880

If You Prefer Your Little Wheel ‘Up front’ Try this Tricycle from 1880

In 1868 Gentlemen Could Be Found In The Parks Parading On Their Bikes

In 1868 Gentlemen Could Be Found In The Parks Parading On Their Bikes

I have added these and many more vintage bicycle photographs to the Vintage Photos section of this website (the cycling pics link is here).

Happy Cycling,

Chris Duggleby

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