draisine

Before there were pedals, there was the ‘draisine’.

December 30, 2014

In 1817, Karl Drais, a young baron and inventor in Baden (Germany), designed and built a two-wheel, wooden vehicle that he straddled and propelled by walking swiftly. A forester for the Grand Duke of Baden, Drais used his “lauf-maschine” (running machine) to inspect the Duke’s forests. He could make his rounds more quickly and efficiently […]

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