Flood Bike

Practical Origins of the Tall Bike: gas lamp lighting & flood travel

January 29, 2011

From the auction catalog: “The seat height of this unusually tall bicycle is over 7′ tall, and this feature directly relates to the bicycle’s important function. During the late nineteenth century it was used by lamplighters to light gas street lamps. The inordinately long chain is more than three times the length of a conventional […]

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