Two Wheels Two Hundred Years On The Rhine To Trace The Journey Of Human Cycling

- May 07, 2019-

One frame, two wheels, no fuel, all by pedal.Humans have been using this transportation tool called the bicycle for 200 years.At its source, mankind's century-long cycling journey began in a small German city on the Rhine -- mannheim.

Mannheim is located in the north of baden-wurttemberg in southwest Germany, 80 kilometers away from Frankfurt and across the river from Ludwig harbor.This German city of 300,000 inhabitants is not only famous for its unique checkerboard layout, but also for the transformation of human transportation.


[" walking machine "]

In 1886, German engineer Karl Benz built the first automobile in human history here.And more than 69 years before this again, that is, June 12, 1817, 32, Germany Karl von baron DE les up his invention of the wooden two rounds "bicycle" literal translation for "walking machine" (German), starting from the residence of the located at the centre of mannheim, toward the south, until the schwetzingen station turn-back, completed 14 km bike ride.The trip is regarded as the "first leg" of cycling, turning the page on the history of cycling.

In fact, his "walking machine" is just a prototype of a modern bicycle.Without a driver, he had to pedal like a baby walker.But the front wheels of the walking machine have been able to turn.

Over the next few decades, europeans added chains, brakes, pedals, and pneumatic tires to make the bicycle what it is today.

Two hundred years later, a portrait of drice riding a "walking machine" can be seen on the streets of mannheim.Can follow the baron's 200-year-old cycling path through history;The walking machine can also be seen in the mannheim museum.

In November 2016 to June 2017, mannheim, science and technology museum held a "two wheels - two hundred: baron DE les and the history of the bicycle" large-scale exhibition, exhibition since 1817 different historical stages, from different countries and regions, different styles of hundreds of bike, coherent tells the story of the development of bicycle, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

One of the highlights of the exhibition are two original "walking machines", the first generation of bicycles to be patented by Mr Dries.Visitors can even get a taste of the original ride on a replica of the walking machine.