A New Velocipede (1822)

A New Velocipede

A new velocipede has been exhibited in various parts of the metropolis during the month of September, which promises to be of positive utility.  Its inventor is a shoemaker, a native of Newark-on-Trent, in Nottinghamshire, but whose name we have not been yet enabled to obtain. The machine consists of three wheels; one behind, about three feet in diameter, over which the inventor sits; and two lower ones before. It is worked by the hands, with two short handles, (without apparently any great exertion,) which set two wheels in motion; these operate upon two levers, which set the machine going at the rate of six miles or more per hour. It is by far the most complete apparatus of the kind which has been yet invented, and must become, we think, a really useful vehicle. The inventor has travelled in fine weather with it sixty miles a day. He has two iron stirrups, in which he places his feet; they keep him steady on the seat. We have ourselves seen the vehicle in operation. The ease with which it is impelled and turned round in every direction is admirable. We shall endeavour to procure a drawing of it for a future number of our Journal; and we hope that the inventor himself will not be forgotten by a liberal and intelligent public.

The London journal of arts and sciences, Volume 4, 1822, p. 199

Leave a Reply