(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.
‘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.’
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.
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).