George N. Pierce, of Pierce-Arrow automobile fame, began producing bicycles in 1896.

This racing model utilizes a skip-tooth front sprocket and a direct drive (non free-wheeling) rear hub. This configuration is still used in modern sprint and track racing bicycles. The low handlebars helped the rider maintain a more aerodynamic position and also helped increase the speed of the rider by further isolating the power of the upper legs. Retention straps decreased the chances of having a foot slip off the pedals during maximum effort. The Museum’s example remains in unrestored condition, with original saddle, tires and chain.

Accession no. 1980G23

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