from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low-wheeled bicycle, with multiplying gear, having the wheels equal, or nearly equal, in diameter.
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You would be left to merrily pedal your safety-bicycle amongst the horse leavings and wanton cries of the street urchins.
He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized "safety-bicycle" with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular.