Bicycles (often called bikes, cycles or pushbikes) are an important means of transportation in many parts of the world. But when was the bicycle invented? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few facts about bicycles.
When was the bicycle invented?
The first verifiable claim for a practical bicycle comes from the early 19th century. A German man, Baron Karl von Drais, invented the ‘Draisine’ in 1817. This was the first two-wheeled transportation device ever invented. However, it wasn’t until 1863 that rotary cranks and pedals were added to the design to come up with something similar to a ‘modern’ bicycle.
Summary: The first bicycle (two-wheeler) was invented in 1817 by German Baron Karl von Drais. In 1863 the design was modified and the ‘modern’ bicycle (with pedals) was born.
Interesting Facts About Bicycles
- In many nations, it is illegal to ride a bike that is not in roadworthy condition.
- Bicycle suspension has 2 roles. First, it keeps the wheels in continuous contact with rough surfaces, improving control. Second, it isolates the rider and luggage from jarring due to rough surfaces.
- Different types of bikes have been invented to promote fitness, for bicycle races, for the police and military and to use as children’s toys.
- Many bicycle parts are similar to parts in automobiles. In fact, parts of automobiles were designed from bicycle components.