THE FIRST MECHANICAL BICYCLE
The first mechanical bicycle was invented by Kirkpatric Macmillan, a Scottish blacksmith who lived from 1812 to 1878. Macmillan’s contraption had a wood frame and iron rimmed wooden wheels. The front wheel which provided limited steering, was approximately 30 inches and the rear was 40 inches, attached to pedals via connecting rods. It weighed around 60 pounds.
THE FIRST STEERABLE BICYCLE
Also called Laufmachine (running machine). This machine was invented by the German Baron Karl Von Drais in Manhein, Germany around 1817. Being the first means of transport to make use of the two wheel principle. The Laufmachine is regarded as the archetype of the bicycle. This Draisene is on display at the Kurpfälzisches Museum in Heidelburg, Germany.
THE FIRST BICYCLE EVER MADE
Monsieur Sivrac of France invented this bicycle made completely of wood. This was a very rough device and had no pedals, handle bars or any other parts of today’s modern bicycle. This bicycle could not be turned and could only be driven straight. It was revolutionary in its time.