The high wheelers of the day — later called ordinaries to distinguish them from Safeties, and also disparagingly known as Penny Farthings — were not just dangerous, they were suitable mainly for tall, athletic men. In other lists it often is. It will be seen by the position of the handle-bar on the Ordinary [high-wheeler] bicycle, that it was utterly useless and imperfect for this purpose.
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Views Read Edit View history. They set about developing safer and easier to use bicycles than the prevailing penny farthing or "ordinary" bicycles. No suitable building being available, the Stanley Bicycle Club hired a huge tent and erected it on a piece of ground adjoining the Thames Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge.