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A brief history of the bike

So who invented the first bicycle as we know it today? Well it’s kind of a hot topic because there were variations of cycles being developed at different times in history, but the actual vehicle with pedals that propelled two wheels came around somewhere between 1862 and 1864.

The exact year is argued by bicycle history buffs, but it’s agreed that it was invented by the French. Nasty little contraption. The pedals were on the front wheel and it had a wooden frame and steel tires. This cycle was known as the Velocipede or, the common name was boneshaker because you can imagine why. This thing was hard to ride and extremely uncomfortable to ride on without rubber on the tires.