Samuels' Patent Hand Crank Velocipede, 1869

Samuels' Patent Hand Crank Velocipede, 1869

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Caption: Velocipede is a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels, and a cushioned seat that was powered by the rider's legs. This device was operated by the same motion of running. Its appeal came from the riders weight being supported by the cushioned seat in between the wheels which made it easier to push along. The most common type of velocipede today is the bicycle. Samuels' Patent Hand Crank Velocipede has a large driving wheel, with small guiding wheels behind. The machine was propelled by hand cranks (allowed the rider to use arm propulsion instead of the legs) connected with corresponding cranks in the driving wheel shaft. The feet are used for steering. The inventor, Samuel M. Barton, claims that this machine will run 25 miles an hour on a level road.

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