Velocipedes, an ugly machine (1849)

Many things are got up for sale cleverly enough, but turn out of little use; it would therefore be premature to pronounce on the benefit which the purchasers are likely to derive from their freeholds. Mr Cobden will probably have an eye to this point, as he would rather not deluge the country with unserviceable articles. We remember when velocipedes first came out and everybody who had a guinea to spare bought an ugly machine, on which, with five times the labour of walking, he could move nearly as fast as on his natural locomotives. It was soon found that the contrivance gave more trouble than it was worth and for the next year or two every back passage, coach-hose or lumber room contained a decayed velocipede.

The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Nov 28, 1849; pg. 4

 

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