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 tires 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.
sunita shrestha says
sunita shrestha says
very sweet of you
Yes,again confirmation that the white man invented everything useful
My great grandfather ” Di silvio Giovanni ” is the person who invented the first bike, he was a wood craftsman and he built and invented a wooden walking bike to make it easy for him to go to work as he had saw legs to walk on, this wooden bike was sold back then to a gentleman that asked to buy it for $1.50 this amount doesn’t seem much today but back then it was good money, My great grandfather then returned back to his home town in italy and purchased a house and land for his family. if you like more info firstname.lastname@example.org
If Comte de Sivrac invented the bicycle why all says that bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan ?
Sandy Plant says
There is not 1 shred of evidence that Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the bicycle. The bicycle was first patented by Mr.Gavin Dalzell of Lesmahagow Scotland
good job i did great on by wonder Wednesday.
why are you all arguing? we can’t go back in time to see what is the actual truth, so we’ll just have to trust what ‘they’ say:):)
why are you all arguing about the inventor of the bicycle? sure they might have the facts twisted, but we can’t go back in time, so we’ll have to trust what ‘they’ say.