Who invented bicycle?

The term bicycle dates from 1869. To answer a question as to who invented a bicycle is not easy. To come into the form which we find today, bicycle has passed through many phases and through many people. The first bicycle called Velocipede was built by the French nobleman Comte de Sivrac in 1791 . It had two wheels, a saddle and was foot powered. Another bicycle was invented in 1817 in Germany by Baron Von Drais . It was made of wood and had a steerable front wheel without a pedal. This bicycle was first exhibited in Paris. A Scottish blacksmith named Kirkpatrick Macmillan made the first mechanical bicycle in1839. It was driven by pressing down the treadles that moved up and down and turned the back wheel. He was born in Coathill, Scotland in the year 1812. Born to a blacksmith he tried many jobs but finally settled down with his father. On seeing someone ride velocipede he decided to make one for himself and ended making a tremendous change by adding paddles to it.

In England, in the year 1879 Henry John Lawson invented the first rear chain drive bicycle.

In 1888 John Dunlop gave pneumatic tyres and made the ride more comfortable and easier. There are about a billion bicycles in the world and its production is more than that of cars.

3 comments

  1. eonsimi · November 4, 2010

    Well .. In an article from wikipedia (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comte_Mede_de_Sivrac) it is stated that Comte Mede Sivrac was in fact an fictional charcter created by the French journalist, Louis Baudry de Saunier, `a specialist in terrestrial locomotion`.

  2. admin · November 4, 2010

    I had hard time finding that he was a fictional character. Trusting only Wikipedia article (has no English version) could be bit dangerous.

  3. lolol · November 4, 2010

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL >:D