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Exhibit of the Week: Uncomfortable ride on early ‘boneshaker’
Blue and yellow bunting and bikes are appearing all around the area to celebrate the return of the Tour de Yorkshire. Here at Ryedale Folk Museum we have wheeled out our 19th century velocipede, an early example of human powered wheeled transport, or bicycle. Riders of the first velocipedes provided power by paddling their feet along the ground. Later, pedals were attached to the front wheels. The wood-spoked wheels and iron rims led to a hard ride, leading to the nickname “boneshaker”. The word bicycle came into use in Europe in 1868 to replace the cumbersome “velocipede de pedale”.
 

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