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The Célérifère

Our journey begins with the Célérifère created by the French Count de Sivrac. In 1790, the count invented a legless wooden horse mounted on two wheels. The rider advanced by pushing his feet against the ground on either side of the horse. The use of this machine involved numerous problems, above all due to the absence of a steering mechanism and of breaks. Nevertheless, bold young people who held Célérifère races could be found in various French parks, and even at Versailles.

Some, however, claim that the story surrounding this model was fabricated by journalist and bicycle historian Louis Baudry de Saunier in 1890 and that neither this machine nor the Count de Sivrac never actually existed.

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