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made in English Midlands

Postcard of Bicycle, Roadster.
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Bicycle, Roadster

This bicycle was made around 1884 by Rudge, one of many bicycle and tricycle makers in the English Midlands.

This high bicycle has a steel tube frame and tangential spoked wheels. The type was colloquially known as a Penny Farthing. The spoon-type brake on the large wheel is operated by a lever on the right side of the spade-grip handlebars. The tyres are made of solid rubber. The model name is 'Roadster'.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-285-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1987.328
Date: Around 1884
c. 1884
Material: Steel, rubber, metal
Dimensions: 1560 mm H x 1740 mm x 660 mm
What: Bicycle
Subject: 15. ROAD TRANSPORT, Muscle power (Departmental Classification)
Who: Rudge
Description: Rudge ordinary bicycle made about 1884, with a steel tube frame and Penny Farthing wheel arrangement
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