Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ancient history

I am not sure why, but when we went to the Henry Ford Museum (which is great!) yesterday I was shocked to learn that the bicycle was invented in the 1800's and that they were wooden, foot powered contraptions with no steering.

I was even more surprised when I found out peddles weren't added until the 1860's, and that it wasn't until the 1870's that a British engineer made the first "efficient" (meaning rideable) bicycle called the "Penny Farthing."  

The museum has a huge collection of bicycles and early motorcycles.  This bicycle built for two to ride side by side was my favorite (although I am pretty sure it'd be tough to balance). 

And this one with a wooden frame and handle bars came in a close second.  


Steven said...

Loved the wooden bikes, specially the wooden rims, frame parts and handle bars. Reminds me of your earlier post. http://gusandotherthings.blogspot.com/2008/10/fast-boy.html

OmnisLucis said...

How awesome are those heart-shaped rims? science/industry museums are at the top of my list when I travel and thanks to you, now I wanna go here!