Velocipede, ca 1869

Description
The stiff wood and metal frame of velocipedes resulted in a rough ride, garnering them the “boneshaker” moniker. Propelled by pedals attached to the front axle, velocipedes were the historical antecedent to the high-wheeler and safety bicycle later in 19th century. With no identifying marks, it is difficult to establish a firm provenance for the vehicle. When S. R. Sturdevant donated the vehicle to the National Museum in 1889, he believed it was made around 1869 in Dayton, Ohio.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1866
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts
United States: Ohio
Measurements
overall: 51 in x 22 in x 70 in; 129.54 cm x 55.88 cm x 177.8 cm
ID Number
1986.0194.01
catalog number
180456
accession number
1986.0194
Credit Line
Gift of S. R. Sturdevant
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Bicycling
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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