Leonardo’s bike

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Bikeology blog | No Comments

A non-steerable two-wheeled velocipede appears on the pages of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1492 Codex Atlanticus.  Some attributed it to his pupil, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, but scholarly opinion now regards it as a recent forgery perpetrated during the manuscript’s restoration.  De Sivrac’s 1791 nonsteerable two-wheeler is likewise considered a fraud.  The first bicycle was actually the 1817 Laufmaschine or Draisine invented by Baron Karl von Drais.

 


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