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We have already talked about the history of the very first bicycles and the evolution of their design. This time we decided to show you unique photographs of bicycles from two centuries ago, as well as compare them with the most modern and improved models of our time in contrast.
On June 12, 1817, German inventor Karl Dres saddled a strange two-wheeled mechanism and rolled in front of an astonished audience. The device had no pedals, so Drez simply kicked off the ground with his feet. The railcar still in use today is considered the prototype of the modern bicycle.
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Cardboard balance bike
The running bike shown in the picture (pedal bike) at first glance seems quite ordinary, but pay attention to its design. This balance bike is made primarily from recycled cardboard. Its manufacturer, Cardboard Technologies, intends to start mass production of such balance bikes for children this year. There are also plans to release full-size cardboard bicycles for adults in the future.
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The Star Wars movie saga played a key role in popularizing the concept of flying bikes or hoverbikes. The photo shows the inventor of this amazing vehicle, Colin Furtze, riding a homemade experimental hoverbike. Outwardly, the device resembles a regular bicycle, but instead of wheels, it is equipped with two powerful propellers.
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Water bike Shiller
Take a ride on the water surface on the Shiller pedal boat! It has everything the same as a regular bicycle, with the exception of the wheels, instead of which there are two pontoons (floating devices for supporting on water). According to the manufacturer, the vehicle is capable of speeds up to 16 km / h.
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YikeBike is a folding electric bike. Due to its design, the device is very compact and allows you to ride in several ways. Please note that the steering wheel is not in front, but behind. Pictured above is a three-wheeled YikeBike, but advanced riders can purchase a two-wheeled one.
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The Stoopidtaller is the tallest bike in the world designed by Richie Trimble. The inventor managed to build a fully functional 6 m high bicycle, which in 2013 was entered in the Guinness Book of Records.
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Levitation concept bike
Designed by design studio Dezien, the Levitation bike gives insight into what bicycles could be in the high-tech future. The device is equipped with a generator and a battery for charging mobile devices with pedaling electricity, a Wi-F access point and an LED display.
The mechanism of magnetic levitation also adds futurism to the bike, which allows it to float above the ground using a magnetic field, easily bypassing all the irregularities on the surface.
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Fliz concept bike
Introduced in 2012, the Fliz prototype bicycle resembles in many ways the device developed by Drez back in 1817. It also lacks pedals, and the rider must push off the ground with his feet. However, unlike the original Drez, the cyclist is not mounted, but suspended from the frame.
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At first glance, the bike looks quite ordinary, but it is not quite so. This Victory model was released in 1942, when the world was in the Second World War. At that time, all strategic production materials were primarily used by the army, so bicycles were produced without them.
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1920s compact bike
Portable bicycles are not a new idea. This photograph, dating from the 1920s, shows an unusual bicycle with quite ordinary pedals and a chain. Instead of standard wheels, it has tiny wheels, and the position of the steering wheel in relation to the seat seems extremely uncomfortable.
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This 1919 photograph clearly shows the evolution of the bicycle. A device with a large front wheel is the so-called penny-farthing, which was one of the first forms of a bicycle. Nearby is a bicycle of a completely modern model, and next to it is the compact version described above with small wheels.
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This picture is dated 1917-1918. It depicts a woman riding an interesting hybrid of a bicycle and a motorcycle.
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Cycling upside down
In the early 20th century, acrobat Diavolo wowed audiences with his incredible bike ride inside a bizarrely curved ramp. The tremendous speed of the ride allowed him to be momentarily upside down at right angles to the ground. This photo was taken in 1905. It depicts Diavolo performing his deadly trick in front of an astonished crowd.
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This double photograph shows paramedics transporting a wounded Russian soldier on two bicycles fitted to a stretcher. The photograph dates back to 1905 and illustrates the events of the Russo-Japanese War.
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The multi-rider tandem bike has been around for a long time. The pictured bicycle for four people sitting one after the other dates back to 1898. The posture of the riders indicates that they are ready for the sporting race.
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Bicycle stunts of the past
Cycling stunts have gained popularity long before the advent of extreme sports. This photograph, dating from 1884, shows a brave cyclist descending the steps of the Capitol in Washington DC. One can only imagine how the rider felt, because shock absorbers had not yet been invented.
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A very strange tricycle
This strange design is the creation of Charles Aldrave, who patented it in 1881. The photograph was taken in 1882 and shows an unusual tricycle with a passenger positioned in the center of the entire structure. The bicycle was named "The New Iron Horse", but never gained popularity.
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