Life in the UK: On Your Bike
Have you ever seen an old fashioned English bicycle? Selfridges department store on Oxford Street has a window display at the moment showing the oldest style of bike there is. Does it look how you would expect?
This type of bike dates back from the 1870s so you wouldn't expect to see one of these on the streets of London today! It almost looks like a unicycle with the extra large front wheel and high seat.
This style of bike was nicknamed a "penny-farthing" after old English money - the penny being the large wheel and the farthing the little one at the back! These bicycles could be cycled really fast but accidents were common as they were so unstable.
Would you like to travel around on one of these?
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