Early Pedal Bycycle

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by Science Museum, London
published on 18 April 2023
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A model of the pedal bicycle invented by the Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1812-1878) in 1839. There had been earlier two-wheeled vehicles, but these were not powered by turning the pedals with one's feet. Macmillan's bicycle had no gears so the rear wheel was made slightly larger than the front wheel. The famous 'penny-farthing' bicycle, popular from the 1870s, took this idea even further and had a significant difference in size between the two wheels. Bicycles soon became popular and allowed people of modest means to travel further than they could otherwise.

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