Bicycle Propulsion (1880)

Bicycle Propulsion

 Bicycle Propulsion

Bicycle Propulsion

Bicycle Propulsion

Bicycle Propulsion

The evolution of the bicycle from the old velocipede was a marvellous stride in advance: and if there be truth in the report that an “eminent American mechanician” has successfully applied compressed air to the tricycle, we may expect to see the realisation of the scenes represented by the caricaturists when railways were first proposed and railways and tramways alike superseded to a certain extent. By means, we are told, of compressed air, the resevioir of which constitutes the seat of the bicycle, the machine can, it is said, be propelled at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour; and the inventor proposes to erect stations at which the tricyclists may renew his supply of pneumatic force. The report may be a canard, like many wonderful stories that originate in the same quarter; but the application of mechanical propulsion to velocipedes appears, on the face of it, at least more feasible than to ballooning. – Iron.

Bicycle Propulsion

TheStar,June 29, 1880

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