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First bicycle ever invented

De voorloper van de fiets (uitvinder Graaf Sivrac)
The forerunner of the bicycle
(inventor Count Sivrac)
Count Sivrac, who lived in Paris, invented a carriage with two wheels in 1791. This, however, without brakes or pedals, wooden wheels, an uncomfortable seat and no rotating wheel. Extremely uncomfortable, at least if we compare the invention of Sivrac with the modern bicycle like we know today.

At that time Sivrac astonished the Parisians when he cycled in the parks of Paris with his invention. He moved forward by take off with his feets from the ground, again and again to move the carriage forward.
The Count called it the celerette or celerifère, we also call it the balance bike.




De eerste fiets ooit uitgevonden (uitvinder Baron Karl Drais)
The first bike ever invented
(inventor Baron Karl Drais)

A little later, around 1860, people found the inflatable rubber tires. Engineer Baron Karl von Drais Sauerbronn (1785-1851) came with a number of improvements such as swivel steering, this by connecting the front wheel with a rod. He replaced the hard seat by a saddle with soft feathers. All this improvements made the bicycle a lot more comfortable .

From then on, the bicycle was born.
Back in the days it was called a velocipedes.

2 comments:

aymeric said...

You should have a look at the following page (in French), that basically indicates that Count Sivrac invention is a hoax by a journalist, based on a true patent by Jean-Henri Siévrac but for a horse-drawn vehicle: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9l%C3%A9rif%C3%A8re

aymeric said...

You should have a look at the following page (in French), that basically indicates that the Célérifère is a hoax by a French journalist, based on a true patented invention by Jean-Henri Siévrac, but for a horse-drawn vehicule !
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9l%C3%A9rif%C3%A8re

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