WOTD: bone-shaker

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ejwme
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got this in my word of the day email from wordnik, figured I’d share.

bone-shaker

http://www.wordnik.com/words/bone-shaker

(noun) A humorous name applied to the bicycle before the introduction of rubber or pneumatic tires and other improvements.

‘Bone-shaker’ was the contemporary name for the ‘penny-farthing,’ an early bicycle having a large front wheel and much smaller rear one.

Example:

‘Wonderful,’ said Mr. Beasley, evidently much impressed by Frank’s ready manner, ‘when I was a boy, if a lad had a ‘bone-shaker’ bicycle he thought he was doing something fine, and as for flying — why, we never thought of it.’

–The Boy Aviators in Africa ( http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/tbvfr10.txt )


Ken Kaminski
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Actually that’s wrong. Bicycles with large front wheels were called “ordinaries,” and bicycle’s with same sized wheels were called “boneshakers.” That giant front wheel provides a lot of suspension that the solid rubber tires of the era lacked, hence their popularity.


Drewbacca
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My first 10spd (technically my dad’s) was lovingly nicknamed the ball basher after my first ride. :p


Anonymous
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Personally I prefer Rump Shakers.


StuInMcCandless
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At least that applies to 100% of those who ride it. ;-)


bicycle heaven
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go to bicycle heaven,,see a real bone shaker


ejwme
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:D Finally saw your signs on my late Sunday night run on the trail, I didn’t realize it was that far west. Now that I know exactly where it is, I’m planning a trip with the Hubby (for when you’re actually OPEN).

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