Tricycles were socially acceptable because they could be ridden in everyday attire, were more comfortable to ride than a highwheeler, and did not require full-time attention to balance.

This allowed for sociable conversation. Many also featured tandem or side-by-side seats and pedals for two riders, so they were popular with couples. In addition, many had frames that allowed women in the long, heavy skirts of the day to ride safely and with dignity.

Manufactured in Birmingham, England by the Quadrant Tricycle Company, this tricycle featured a revolving sprocket and chain drive at a time when high wheelers still had pedals mounted directly on the front wheel hub.

Accession no. 1986G66

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