This model 86 bicycle was built in Chicago by the Ames & Frost
company. At that time , Chicago was a hot bed for bicycle
manufacturers. Over 300 companies produced approximately three million
bicycles in the U.S in 1896. These bikes were originally called safety
bikes because the chain drive with sprockets facilitated both wheels
being about the same size, so no more fear of going over the handlebars.
Pneumatic tires also added the much needed cushion for the roads
of those days. This bike has wooden rims and direct drive(no brakes or