The First Man To Cycle The Globe

Between 1884 and 1886, Thomas Stevens of Hertfordshire, England circled the globe on a penny-farthing bicycle. Adventure Cyclist described Stevens as "a man of medium height, wearing an oversized blue flannel shirt over blue overalls, which were tucked into a pair of leggings at the knee [and] tanned 'as a nut.' A mustache protruded from his face."

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Watch a herd of cyclers on penny-farthing bikes in London: 00:17

  2. Those who rode penny-farthings preferred to call the machines "old ordinary bicycles." 00:31

  3. See a modern bicycle biking next to a few penny-farthings: 01:15

Written by Curiosity Staff June 19, 2015

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