Velocipede Tricycle, 1867-8<br>
Michaux & Cie., Paris<br>

This spectacular carved Chinese dragon velocipede, manufactured by the most important maker of velocipedes, was featured at the first bicycle history exhibition: the Exposition R├ętrospective du Cycle at the Grand Palais in Paris, 1907. Phantom Velocipede, ca. 1869<br>
Reynolds & Mays, London<br>

The first English velocipede with a suspension wheel and solid rubber tires. This machine features a central articulating hinge. Velocipede, ca. 1870<br>
George C. Miller, Chicago<br>
United States<p>
The ornate front extension with the
carved eagle's head and the wood frame
that sweeps beyond the rear wheel are
unique embellishments. BSA Safety, 1885<br>
Birmingham Small Arms Co.<br>

One of the earliest manufactured rear wheel chain-drive bicycles. The Whippet, ca. 1887<br>
Spring-Frame Dwarf Safety Roadster<br>
Linley & Biggs, London<br>

The frame was built in two parts, connected by a strong coil spring adjustable to different weights. Sylph Spring-Frame Safety, ca. 1889<br>
Rouse-Duryea Cycle Co., Peoria, Illinois<br>
United States<p>

Charles Duryea pioneered the drop-frame ladies' model design in 1885. Elliot Hickory, ca. 1889<br>
Elliot Hickory Cycle Co.<br>
Newton, Massachusetts<br>
United States<p>

A single piece of hickory elegantly serves both as a structural part of the frame and the fender. Worth Spring-Frame Safety, ca. 1890<br>
The Chicago Bicycle Co.<br>
United States<p>

This ladies' model with solid tires was noted for its elaborate spring suspension system, whereby a total of six springs separated the wheels from the frame. Bamboo Bicycle, 1895<br>
The Bamboo Cycle Co., Wolverhampton<br>

Constructed with a frame of bamboo, oak, and aluminum, 
these bicycles were advertised as being lighter and "better than steel." Waverley Belle, ca. 1896<br>
The Indiana Bicycle Co., Indianapolis<br>
United States<br> Old Hickory, 1896<br>
Tonk Manufacturing Co., Chicago<br>
United States<p>

This ladies' model was made from 16-ply laminated second growth hickory, hollowed out and formed with no joints at the corners. The Cygnet Cycle, ca. 1898<br>
Stoddard Manufacturing Co.<br>
Dayton, Ohio<br>
United States<p>

The Cygnet's curved frame was designed to absorb all shocks; a beautiful and rare feature was its celluloid fender.