Karl von Drais and the first bicycle

Karl von Drais (1785-1851) was a German inventor and aristocrat. He invented the first typewriter with a keyboard, a meat grinder and a predecessor to modern bicycles called Laufmaschine (Running Machine) or Draisine.

This apparatus was basically a bike without pedals and gained notoriety because it could not be used on many roads. Therefore it’s users would ride on the sidewalk, often very fast. This in turn created bans on Draisines in many places¬†such as Great Britain, the USA, Germany and even in Calcutta, India.



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By photo Lesseps artist unknown (Self-photographed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons