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According the advertising sections in magazines of the time, a quality bicycle was priced from 60 to 100 dollars for an average model. They could cost more. This is about 800-1000 dollars today. A good high quality bike today costs 500-1000 dollars, so even though the dollar hasn't held its value, the cost of a quality bicycle has remained about the same in real terms.
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No, otherwise they might as well have been given away.

A Penny Farthing was a 19th Century bicycle invented in 1871 by British engineer, James Starley.

The front wheel was very large and the back wheel was very small. The pedals were attached to the front wheel. It required a running start to get it rolling and hoist yourself up onto the seat and start pedalling.

It is called a Penny-Farthing due to the contrast of the two wheels, a Penny being very large by comparison with a very small Farthing.

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