The First Man To Cycle The Globe

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."


from British Pathé

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Watch a herd of cyclers on penny-farthing bikes in London: (0:17)

  • 2

    Those who rode penny-farthings preferred to call the machines "old ordinary bicycles." (0:31)

  • 3

    See a modern bicycle biking next to a few penny-farthings: (1:15)

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