Friday, September 6, 2013

How to Make an Ice Velocipede, 1869

"The machine is intended to be used on ice or frozen snow. The driving-wheel is armed with sharp points to prevent the possibility of slipping... The hind wheel is replaced by a pair of gigantic skates or runners, similar to those used in sleighs or ice-boats."  
Velocipedes, Bicycles and Tricycles: How to Make and How to Use Them (1869)
Looking for a new winter recreation? Try an ice velocipede. Part sleigh and part torture device, it will get you where you're going, assuming that where you're going is the bottom of an icy lake.

1 comment:

  1. I guess the only downside to the Ice Velocipede would be impaling one's head on the wheel spikes. But I guess it beat walking by foot over the ice....


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