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. Manufactured in Birmingham, England, this quadrant has a revolving sprocket and chain drive at a time when highwheelers still had pedals mounted directly on the front wheel hub.

Accession no. 1986G66

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