History Of Cycling You Don't Know

Regarding the small history of bicycles, they were actually particularly special. Let me talk about the small history of a small bicycle.

In 1818, a man from Baden, Germany (Baron Karl von Drais) applied for a patent for a two-wheeled "running machine" that he invented. The machine consists of two wheels, with a seat and a hand on the wheel. Put the user on the ground with his feet. This machine is the earliest bicycle.


The picture above shows the stuntman cycling in the loop in 1905.


In fact, Drais designed and invented this machine not because of hobbies.

Because after the eruption of the Tambora volcano in 1815, the winter faced food shortages, many horses were starved to death, so Drais had to find a substitute for horses. Later, some manufacturers in the United Kingdom and the United States were inspired to create their own two-wheeled transmission tools.

However, due to some policies at the time, many cities were ruled not to use such two-wheelers. It was not until the 1860s that people really took the courage to start cycling.

So what did the previous bike look like?


In 1881, two-wheeled bicycle

The appearance looks like the hamster running the ball is not too much, really enough to sprout...


Three-wheeled bicycle

On the basis of the original, a rear wheel is added and two people can be used.


Later, this tricycle with pneumatic rubber tires was transformed~

Since then, basically bicycles have entered the "hand control era."

After most people have overcome the fear of falling, people are not satisfied with just being convenient to transport, but want to be faster. Because the easiest way to think of it at that time was to increase the speed of the front wheel to increase the speed, so a large number of "big and small" cars appeared on the big streets.


This bicycle actually has a common name "penny-farthing"

Penny's new - Penny and AFP, 1/4 penny (Farthing), because the two wheels are like a penny in front, leading a new law. At the time, many bicycles were called "bone-shaker" because of poor cushioning (sloshing to the bones)

Because the speed was greatly improved, people began to hold various cycling competitions.


A bicycle race in New York in 1890

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