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The first person to bike around the world was Thomas Stevens. He cycled all of it on a type of bicycle called the bone shaker. It had a large front wheel, no brakes, and no gears, it cost him over US$2500 in today's dollars. Stevens even decided to undertake the journey before knowing how to ride a bike! His first...

The first concept of what we may call a bicycle was invented in 1817 by Karl von Drais, a German forest official and inventor. Karl von Drais also invented the earliest typewriter, stenograph, meat grinder, a device to record piano music on paper, and possibly more. The two wheeled muscle powered vehicle he invented did not have petals and...