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Primitive Bicycle

Photo of a man standing besides an “Otto dicycle” – a type of primitive bicycle. Date unknown

( Ayscoughfee Hall Collection )

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cA1001965 Photo of a man standing beside an “Otto dicycle”

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  1. Around 2,000 Otto Dicycles were manufactured under patent from 1881 by an engineering company, the Birmingham Small Arms Company. The parallel wheels were supposed to give it enhanced safety ahead of the bicycle. Here is a link regarding their development: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/BSA:_Bicycles
    In 2007, one was sold by Bonhams Auction House in London for £17,250.

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