The First Bicycle Makes its Debut (1819)

1818, the first bicycle makes its debut – not quite a bicycle as we know it as it was a bicycle without pedals. The rider straddled across the top bar and propelled the machine by kicking it along with his legs It was named the “hobby-horse” or “dandy horse” – dandy meaning at that time, novel or strange. Experiments followed in mechanization of the dandy horse but the big step forward took place with Michaux’s velocipede in 1868 when peddles were fitted to the front wheels. It had a main frame of solid iron, with wooden wheels and iron tyres. It was popularly known as the “bone-shaker” – the wheels were made of wood with iron tyres giving a very bumpy ride indeed!

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