A New Velocipede (1829)

A New Velocipede

A newly invented velocipede was exhibited on Saturday week, on Waterloo Bridge, which seemed to attract a considerable share of attention. It is the invention of a poor shoemaker at Nottingham, who brought it to London in the hope of inducing some capitalist to assist him in bringing it into general use. The invention appears to be simple and yet it is very ingenious. The machine has two wheels in the front and one behind and the man sits as if he were on horseback, with his feet in stirrups raised a little from the ground. These stirrups are fixed to the axle- tree of the fore wheels and by pushing either leg he can guide the inclination of the machine as he pleases; but while going in a direct line he has no occasion to make any exertion whatever with his feet. The propelling motion is produced by means of a windlass, over which a leather strap passes communicating with a wheel behind (not the hind wheel, on which the machine rests), and by means of this simple contrivance, the rider merely turning the wheel with either hand, he may propel himself with little labour at the rate of five miles and a half an hour.

The Hull Packet and Humber Mercury, September 15, 1829

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