Enjoy The Little Things Wood Sign

 

Bicycle Beginnings

The earliest bicycles, circa 1817, were made of wood. These bikes, known as hobby horses, dandy horses, or Draisiennes, involved propelling yourself forward with your feet, then coasting and steering using the bike. This device was not quite as practical as originally hoped, and was mainly used for well-groomed paths in places like frequently visited garden areas.


Not-So-Successful Designs

When pedals were first added to the bicycle in 1865, they were added directly to the front wheel. This version was called the velocipede, although those who actually rode these all-wood bikes around on cobblestone streets commonly called them "bone shakers," as your body was jolted about as you hit bumps in the road.

The first all-metal gadget did not appear until 1870, with rubber wheels and pedals still attached to the front wheel.

Metal Bike Wall Art
Manufacturers began making the front wheel larger, as they realized that the bigger the front wheel, the longer the distance someone could travel with just one push of the pedal. This was also the first variation to be called a bicycle, meaning "two-wheel." Nowadays, these are commonly referred to as penny farthing bicycles. These bikes are easily recognizable, just like the Metal Bike Wall Art shown above.

Bicycle Wrapped Burlap Wall Art with Clock Red Bike Pillow
Blue Bike Garden Spinner Stake A Bicycle Built For Two

Tandem bicycles, those with double seats and pedals, were first popularized in the 19th century. As early as 1898, patents were being filed for two-person and four-person tandem bicycles. These bikes weighed close to 25 and 65 pounds respectively.

Nowadays, it is common to see bicycles alongside cars in cities across the world. The bike serves as an inexpensive means of transportation, exercise equipment and a way to easily get around on trails in parks and mountains. 

Vintage Bicycle Braided Jute Rug Bicycle Bookends