Friday, August 1, 2008

High-Wheel Bicycle (August Theme Day - Metal)

METAL is the theme for August's City Daily Photo Blogs, and bicycles became all-metal machines in 1870. Prior to then, metallurgy did not produce metal that was strong enough for small, light parts.

This appears to be a rusty high-wheel bike anchored in front of The Harmony Club residence on Water Avenue, although it's missing some parts.

The two-wheelers became quite popular during the 1880s but were very expensive and owned primarily by young men with financial means. The average worker could expect to save six months salary to afford such a luxury. However, he could also expect to have several head-first accidents since the rider sat so high.

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22 comments:

Z said...

A very nice photograph of the ancient bicycle. The changes in technology is even clearly evident to me when I compare my first bike to the one I have now. The gear switching, the shock absorbers -- amazing!

Jilly said...

I just love this. It actually looks like a modern work of art! beautiful.

Halcyon said...

I like the old bike. Original choice for the theme day!

Virginia said...

Great old bike. A perfect theme day choice. Love all that rust!!!

Kate said...

It's a wonderful choice for theme day! Wouldn't you love to take a spin on it? I wonder how difficult balance would be?

D.C. Confidential said...

Great choice for theme day and very cool sculpture. Well done!

Happy Theme Day!

Janet

Steve Buser said...

Great post for theme day

Cate said...

Great shot!

Hyde DP said...

o wow that is some gorgeous looking piece of metal.

Hyde DP said...

shucks I don't think my first comment stuck - that is one serious piece of metal.

marley said...

I like this. The rust adds to the overall effect. Perfect for theme day :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! very cool. I love old bikes, and good info.

I keep forgetting to sign up for and do the themes, DUH!

USelaine said...

I didn't realize the connection to the advancement in metal science. Thanks for this great post.

CrazyCow said...

It certainly looks difficult to ride, and thats not because it old :-).

We are indeed fortunate wit all the new models and inventions we have at our disposal these days.

slim said...

This makes a great outdoor sculpture and good theme day subject . . . nice!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great theme photo. I don't know why one of those thick rusty strips reminded me of a chastity belt I saw once.

Felicia said...

I love this rusty look. The background and the tree with berries makes the eyes wander...

Tash said...

Such an interesting piece and a wonderful shot.

Chris said...

As you can probably guess, i like the rusty things! I agree with Jilly. . .looks like a piece of art!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

don't think I could ride that! :)

Harry Makertia said...

It's a very interesing choice of today's theme. Thanks for showing us this remarkable machine.

lv2scpbk said...

That's an old bike.