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A short history of the bicycle

By: Heather Nielson

Did you know that the first verifiable ‘bicycle machine’ was invented in 1817 by the German Baron Karl von Drais, commonly called a Velocipede.

Velocipede

The era after the invention of the first bicycle saw the first Tri and Quadcycles in the late 1800’s before the 2-wheeler came back into popularity in the early 1900’s

Quadcycle

The 1860s & 1870’s saw the evolution of the bicycle go through the infamous ‘bone shaker’ model made of cast iron to the more endearing Penny Farthing

PennyFarthing

While cycling continued to gain popularity in Europe in the early 20th century, use in the states dropped off dramatically as the automobile became the main mode of transportation. Unfortunately, this trend continues today. Try using your bike to commute to work, run small errands & get some exercise!

 

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