ca. 1880-90’s, [gentleman with his Star safety highwheeler]

 “George Pressey invented the Star  Safety in 1880. In an attempt to make a safer bicycle he altered the  ordinary’s configuration so that the small wheel was now in the front  handling the steering, while the rider sat above the rear drive wheel.  This helped to combat the tendency of the ordinary to pitch the rider  forward when encountering an obstacle.” -Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

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ca. 1880-90’s, [gentleman with his Star safety highwheeler]

“George Pressey invented the Star Safety in 1880. In an attempt to make a safer bicycle he altered the ordinary’s configuration so that the small wheel was now in the front handling the steering, while the rider sat above the rear drive wheel. This helped to combat the tendency of the ordinary to pitch the rider forward when encountering an obstacle.” -Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

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