Birth of the bicycle

The massive 1815 eruption of the Tambora Volcano in Indonesia killed nearly 50,000 people and gave birth to the bicycle. ……. Dense clouds of smoke and debris covered much of the northern hemisphere for many months and in 1816 lead to the “year without summer.” Crops failed and millions of farm horses died from starvation. That triggered German inventor Karl Drais to consider better ways to move people without horsepower – other than walking. In 1817 in his Mannheim laboratory Drais unveiled the velocipede – what we today call the bicycle. Originally he called it the Laufmaschine; German for “runningContinue Reading…

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