The two-wheeled velocipede sometimes called the boneshaker was invented in the early 1860s in France. The Michaux company was the first to mass-produce the velocipede, from 1867 to 1870. It cost $100 in 1870, making it unaffordable to the working classes.
The dandy horse was a similar vehicle, but without pedals and also sometimes called a velocipede.
Portland offers lots of encouragement to get there from here ... on a bicycle ; Portland Velocipede is the city's fifth bicycle shop, and its owners are optimistic in a bike-friendly town.
Apr 17, 2010; DEIRDRE FLEMING By DEIRDRE FLEMING Staff Writer Portland Press Herald (Maine) 04-17-2010 Portland offers lots of encouragement to...