Bestseller in the 19th century: the penny-farthing
Another model was presented to the public at the Paris World Exhibition in 1867, inaugurating a new era for the bicycle. English inventor James Starley came up with the penny-farthing, also known as the high wheeler. It could reach speeds of up 30 km/h (18 mph). However, every pothole inevitably led to a fall from a great height, which is why the model came to be referred to as the "widowmaker."