Original 1880's 48" "Star" Highwheel Safety Bicycle
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What a great Ready-To-Ride Vintage 1880's Original Unrestored "Star" Highwheel Safety Bicycle. This is a 48 Star highwheel safety bicycle, patented by Geo. Pressey, Hammonton, NJ. The Star was manufactured by H.B. Smith Machine Co. of Smithville, NJ. The Star incorporated a unique lever and ratchet drive. This machine appears to be original. Condition is EXCELLENT! Bicycle is unrestored has really NO Paint, some light rusting in spots, one of the pumps has a piece of rope around the leather coil, holding it in place, missing the leather for the seat.
THIS JUST REALLY IS A WONDERFUL HIGHWHEEL BICYCLE!
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George Pressey invented the Star Safety in 1880. In an attempt to make a safer bicycle he altered the ordinary's configuration so that the small wheel was now in the front handling the steering, while the rider sat above the rear drive wheel. This helped to combat the tendency of the ordinary to pitch the rider forward when encountering an obstacle. This act was known in cycling circles as a header, a term still used to this day. However, the small wheel was skittish on loose surfaces such as sand and gravel. According to the original sales material, the Star did have one advantage over the competition; with its ratcheting pedal drive system, a rider could achieve great speed by operating both pedals at once, instead of the alternating method dictated by revolving cranks.
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- Width: 82 inches
- Height: 61 inches
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- 48" "Star" Highwheel Safety Bicycle