Unusual velocipede (1833)

Some curiosity was excited in York last week by the arrival of a man in sailor’s dress, with a travelling machine, as he termed it, of his own construction. It is on the velocipede principle but an improvement upon those hitherto seen. A circle just wide enough to admit the traveller’s person encompasses his waist. And to a horizontal shaft proceeding from each side of this circle are fixed a pair of wheels, light in their construction and about six feet in diameter. Close by the ring arise, to support the arms, two short crutches, which, with the circle, are cushioned and stuffed. The body is thus so supported that the feet can just point the ground to make a stroke, which puts the wheels in motion. The whole is directed by a lever upon which the hands rest and by this simple contrivance the man says that on a tolerably good road he can travel nine miles an hour with great ease. He was very expert in his motions and guided the machine, as regarded turning and stopping, with facility. – (York Herald)

The Morning Post, November 22, 1833


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