Did you know that the first recorded trip for the Laufmaschine took place on June 12, 1817? The Laufmaschine was also called the ‘running machine’, velocipede, Draisine, or ‘dandy horse’. It was the one of the earliest forms of the bicycle, and one of the first forms of horseless transportation. It had two wheels, but no pedals. A rider pushed the vehicle along with their feet and turned the front wheel to steer. At the time roads were very bumpy and rough so riders would use the smoother sidewalks instead, endangering pedestrians. Many cities banned the machines for decades.
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Karl Drais invented the Laufmaschine. His trip was between Mannheim and an inn in Rheinau, about 7 kilometers. The trip took about an hour. It started interest in horseless transportation.
One of the drawbacks to the Laufmaschine was that it had to be custom made to match the height and stride of the rider.
The Laufmaschine has been revived in modern days for children in the form of balance or push bikes.
In 1923, Buster Keaton’s film Our Hospitality featured a dandy horse. They could not find a vintage dandy horse, so they built one using drawings and prints. The prop was later donated to the Smithsonian Institution.