“High wheeling” in historic Frederick
Bicycle enthusiasts gathered in historic downtown Frederick to show off their “high wheel” bicycles and compete in the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race. The one-hour criterium race took cyclists around a course that is 0.4 miles long.
The bicycle design, from the late 1800s, is also called an “ordinary” or a “penny-farthing” because it resembles a British penny and farthing coin. Some of the bicycles in the race are original. Others are built recently using the same distinctively large front wheel and small rear wheel design.