A New Velocipede (1855)

A new velocipede

We on Friday inspected a velocipede, the construction of which is certainly an improvement on any we have yet seen. The maker and owner of the vehicle is a cutler, named Henry Dingle, of Norwich and he states that the velocipede has been to him, between Norwich and Manchester, what the railway train is to thousands of his fellow-creatures who do not posses velocipedes. The improvement upon the old method of construction consists of a double crank, worked by means of friction pulleys running in groves. The entire motive power being communicated by pressure on a pair of treadles, situated directly over the cranks. The machinery is somewhat difficult to describe, but, – and therein lies its excellence – it is easy to work and the owner informs us that two persons may keep up an average pace of from eight to ten miles an hour upon a good road, with less exertion than is required in walking at a third of the higher speed. The vehicle weighs only three-quarters of a hundredweight.

Manchester Times, May 30, 1855

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