Winter may not officially be over yet, but you can definitely feel that spring is practically here. The weather is actually enjoyable and this weekend we turn the clocks forward an hour, which means we lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of sunlight at night. As we say goodbye to another New England winter, we can look forward to doing activities outdoors again. You’ll start seeing more people running, boating, and biking. Of course, the bikes you see won’t be quite as unique as these.
This photo, from the Brockton Public Library photo archive, shows a group of young men and their big wheeled bicycles, known as “penny-farthings” preparing for a trip. These bikes were first developed in late 19th-century England and quickly became a part of the social scene as biking became a recreational activity. There’s a good chance that one of these bikes was built in Boston, because for nearly twenty years, Albert Pope, a Massachusetts industrialist, designed, produced, and sold bicycles in the city.
Did any of your relatives ride these large wheel bicycles? Do you still have it in your home? Are you still able to ride it? We would love to hear your stories or see pictures and videos or people riding this antique bike. Email them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.