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1896 Imperial
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 coasting).

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