The name of an early type of safety bicycle, produced by Rudge and Co., after a design by H. J. Lawson. Also in later use: any safety bicycle.
†"petroleum bicyclette": an early motorized bicycle, similar in design to a safety; compare "petrol bicycle". (obsolete).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Outing: an illustrated monthly magazine of recreation. Apparently from bicycle + -ette.