Why is it called 'pushbike'?

Fab Foodie

hanging-on in quiet desperation ...
Location
Kirton, Devon.
'cos you push on the pedals?
 

Saluki

World class procrastinator
I always thought it was because of the old Boneshaker bikes that you pushed along with your feet, before pedals were invented.
 

Malky

Senior Member
Location
Newport IOW
It was the Hobby Horse , correct. It was pushed using the feet pushing it along, I would have to read into it again but it was gone almost as quickly as it arrived, lasted around 2 years sometime around 1840 I think, then the likes of Kirkpatrick Macmillan played around and put a crank/pedals system on it and the then Pedal Cycle developed from there, and was hence forth not a push cycle any longer. The term push bike is deemed as an insult to cyclists by many, a term which I don't use myself and pull many people up about, pointing out that I have a pedal cycle and the push bike disappeared around 150 years ago.
 

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
Odd, I always thought they were called safety bicycles. :whistle:


This was the hobby horse

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