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What was the first bicycle?

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12/08/2017

The célérifere, built by the French nobleman Comte de Sivrac In 1791. It had no forks and so could not not be steered in the normal way. Rather, the front wheel was lifted in 'wheelie' fashion and a shift in body weight to one side or the other completed the turn. But it had two wheels and a saddle and was foot powered - a bicycle.
Hobby horse or boneshaker
Hobby horse or boneshaker
The first machines that we think of as bicycles were called hobby horses, or boneshakers, a mostly wooden construction on which you kicked yourself along with your feet on the ground.

In German it was called a "Draisine" after the inventor, Von Drais.

The célérifere, built by the French nobleman Comte de Sivrac In 1791. It had no forks and so could not not be steered in the normal way. Rather, the front wheel was lifted in 'wheelie' fashion and a shift in body weight to one side or the other completed the turn. But it had two wheels and a saddle and was foot powered - a bicycle.

The first modern day bicycle was made in 1839 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a blacksmith living in a village
Twas a majestic wooden creature whom went by the name boneshaker.
The boneshaker was the first bicycle to be invented that used man power through cranks to move itself in 1861. The inventors we two brothers called Ernest and Pierre Micheaux in France.