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A Craze for Cycling

Cyclist and mail carrier, Portland, ca. 1890

Cyclist and mail carrier, Portland, ca. 1890

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Maine Historical Society

By the 1880s, however, the bicycle was back. Some riders still used the high-wheel "ordinary," but that cycle was challenging to ride, especially for women because of the high seat.

This Portland cyclist was barely taller than the front wheel of his "ordinary."


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