“The velocipede has very little chance of coming into use”

The Velocipede As A Mechanical Agent

The practical value of the velocipede as a means of locomotion has been thoroughly discussed in a well considered paper by Mr. Lauder, C. E., read before the Liverpool Polytechnic Society. As advantages and disadvantages of bicycles, tricycles, etc., are very equally balanced as compared with each other, Mr. Lauder’s conclusions may be considered to apply equally to all kinds of velocipedes. The velocipede possesses no advantage; that is to say, a man can, with equal exertion, walk or run quite as far in a day of eight hours as he can travel with a velocipede in the same time. Mr. Lauder, being a velocipedist himself, has given the velocipede all the advantage in the argument that was at all possible; yet he can only show that, although for a journey of a few minutes duration a speed of 24½  miles per hour may be obtained, no more than 30 miles in the day of eight hours can be traversed. Mr. Lauder is of opinion that, as a means of travelling, the velocipede has very little chance of coming into use, although as an instrument of healthful exercise it is worthy of consideration.—Builder.

(Van Nostrand’s engineering magazine, Volume 1, 1869, p. 768)

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