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answer jessie lake  Answered at 2011.06.12 23:37:04
The safety bike created in the 1880s is very similar in design to the bicycle that people commonly ride today. The safety bike incorporated chain technology to create a safer design for bicyclists than the high bike that was popular during that time.HistoryPrior to the invention of the safety bike, the standard bicycle was called the ordinary, or penny-farthing, bike. Riders sat directly over the large front wheel on the ordinary, which propelled the bike forward and made riding hazardous.FunctionThe use of a chain on the safety bike allowed the rider to sit lower to the ground, which made the bike safer to mount and less hazardous to ride. Tricycles were created in an attempt to make the ordinary a safer vehicle, but the safety bike design is the one that finally took hold and replaced the large-wheeled ordinary.SignificanceThe safety bike design has not changed much over the years since its introduction. The safety bike caused the ordinary to become known by the less-flattering name "the penny-farthing," according to Fathom.com.DevelopmentsIn addition to the rear-driven design of the safety bike, other features, such as chain guards, were added to the women's version of the bicycle to protect long skirts from becoming entangled in the chain, according to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The Rover bicycle, designed by John Kemp Starley, is considered the prototype on which all future bicycle designs were based, according to Fathom.com.The Modern BicycleThe modern bicycle has not changed much over the years since the introduction of the safety bike. Various types of bicycles are available to modern riders, such as BMX, mountain bikes, cruisers and racing bikes, that all share the same basic design of the safety bike.
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