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Safety' Rudge Cycle Co. LTD, Coventry (Great Britain), 1889

Around 1885, what came to be known as the safety-wheeler was born. By using chain transmission, it was no longer necessary to make the wheels large and of unequal height. This gave rise to a bicycle with even wheels and a chain drive. In essence, the modern bicycle is still a safety bicycle in its basic form. This bicycle here from 1889 has indirect steering. It was thought that this would make the bicycle even safer.