Historians disagree about the actual inventor of the bicycle, although the celerifere, which was a precursor to bicycles, was invented in 1790 by Comte Med de Sivrac. Historians generally agree that Ernest Michaux, a French carriage maker, invented one of the earliest bicycles, with rotary cranks and pedals, in 1861.Continue Reading
The celerifere resembled a bicycle, but it did not have any pedals. It had a seat and four wheels, unlike the later two-wheeled version.
Although a sketch of the first bicycle is widely attributed to Leonardo DaVinci in 1490, DaVinci did not envision the first bicycle or sketch it. That theory has been debunked.Learn more about Inventions