Mechanical Horse (1822)

Mechanical Horse

A labouring mechanic, named Henry Geering, travelled on Saturday last, from Newark to Stamford, on an improved velocipede manufactured by himself at an expense of about £11. He calls it “A Mechanical Horse.” It differs from the fanciful things which excited so much a year or two ago, inasmuch as the rider on Geerings piece of mechanism does not depend on his legs and feet for making way, but places the latter in stirrups at the end of an axis provided for giving direction to two side wheels, which wheels support the carriage and keep it upright. A third wheel, towards the hinder end of the frame of the carriage, is turned with the leather straps on the principle of a lathe and the power is communicated to these by a windlass placed conveniently in front of the rider, who turns it with both hands and makes progress in proportion to his activity and force in so turning. Geering himself travelled at an average rate of seven miles an hour; progress up hill is of course attended with more labour. He was riding rapidly about the streets of Stamford on Monday and picked up several pecuniary tributes to his ingenuity. – He means to run his “Mechanical Horse” at Stamford Races.

The Morning Post, June 28th, 1822

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