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BICYCLE

Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, about 1900

TRAVELLING BY BICYCLE

The bicycle was invented in 1839 but cycling did not become popular until the penny-farthing (also know as the Ordinary or Aerial bicycle) was invented in 1871. Although difficult to get on and off, the large wheel made it easy to ride, even over rough roads. They became the fastest way to travel other than by train.The safety bicycle was first used in the 1880s and pneumatic tyres were invented in 1888. Bicycles soon became very popular and many cycling clubs were formed.

Aberaeron cycle club

For Cyclists. London to Aberystwyth. The routh lies through Ealing, High Wycombe, Wheatley, Chipping Norton, Worcester, Bromyard, Leominster, Kington, Penybont, Rhyader and Llangurig. Aberystwyth is 208 3/4 miles from the Marble Arch.

Ward Lock and Co., Aberystwyth, Barmouth, Pwllheli etc, (1901), appendix II, p. 210

PENNY FARTHING

RALEIGH BICYCLE