While penny-farthings were very popular they were also quite dangerous. The next major development was the bicyclette by Henry Lawson in 1879 in England. The two wheels were more similar in size. The bicyclette featured:
- sprocket wheels
- a chain.
The bicyclette was not a commercial success because of its complexity. James Starley's nephew produced the Rover or 'safety' bicycle in 1885 (England). This design resulted in a huge increase in bicycle riding. Millions of people, men and women, took to the roads.
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