bicycle | Definition, History, Types, & Facts

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Bicycle predecessors

Historians disagree about the invention of the bicycle, and many dates are challenged. It is most likely that no individual qualifies as the inventor and that the bicycle evolved through the efforts of many. Although Leonardo da Vinci was credited with having sketched a bicycle in 1492 in his Codex Atlanticus, the drawing was discovered to be a forgery added in the 1960s. Another presumed bicycle ancestor, the vélocifère, or célérifère, of the 1790s was a fast horse-drawn coach that is not considered to be a predecessor of the bicycle.


Draisiennes, hobby-horses, and other velocipedes

The first two-wheeled rider-propelled machine for which there is indisputable evidence was the draisienne, invented by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun of Germany. In 1817 he rode it for 14 km (9 miles), and the following year he exhibited it in Paris. Although von Drais called his device

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definition of bicycle by The Free Dictionary

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They then play up to the idea by leaving this bicycle in the park as proof of the existence of some outsider.
Here, after looking at the marks of the bicycle, which followed, going and coming, the neat footprints, I thought I might intervene.
And then young Bert Smallways got a motor bicycle….
My attention was caught firstly by a bicycle lying carelessly on the turf, and secondly and lastly by a graceful woman’s figure, recumbent and evidently sleeping against the turf bank, well tucked in among the afternoon shadows.
But it was something to Ralph to get any air at all, other than night-air, and the bicycle did the rest.
One fine May morning, as she cantered along the avenue at Brandon Beeches on a powerful bay horse, the gates at the end opened and a young man sped through them on a bicycle. He was
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bicycle – AOL Video Search Results

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Bicycle – Wikipedia

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Pedal-driven two-wheel vehicle

The most popular bicycle model—and most popular vehicle of any kind in the world—is the Chinese Flying Pigeon, with about 500 million produced.[1]
Classic bell of a bicycle

A bicycle, also called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered or motor-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.

Bicycles were introduced in the late 19th century in Europe, and by the early 21st century, more than 1 billion were in existence at a given time.[1][2][3] These numbers far exceed the number of cars, both in total and ranked by the number of individual models produced.[4][5][6]
They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children’s toys,

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