So called "safety" bicycles like this one-chain drive bikes with both wheels the same size superceded the fast but dangerous high-wheeler bikes in the early 1890s. Easier to ride than the high-wheelers, faster than walking, cheaper and more convenient than a horse and buggy, safety bicycles allowed unprecedented freedom and personal mobility. They helped whet the public's appetite for the even greater (but much more expensive) freedom and mobility offered by automobiles. This particular bike, branded as a Van Cleve, was made by the Wright Cycle Company, one of the scores of small bicycle manufacturers that cashed in on the 1890s bicycle boom. Its proprietors, Orville and Wilbur Wright, moved on to bigger things, like inventing the airplane.