Throughout his life he worked on mechanical and engineering problems, constructing a turnip-cutter and a velocipede , as well as devising methods of reclaiming bogs.
By 1863, attaching cranks and pedals to the front wheel of the hobby horse had produced the velocipede , commonly known as the boneshaker.
It being a delightful afternoon, the path was chock full of Sunday strollers, rollerbladers and fellow velocipedists .
There were exaggerated complaints about irresponsible velocipedists , but there was also official support for the ‘feedless horse’.
He takes us from the French pushbike or draisine of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes of the 1880s.
Here in the Netherlands, cyclists are used to being the kings of the road, and nobody opens their car door without checking whether it will quite possibly cause one of us velocipedists to crash into it at high speed.
Fitzpatrick refers to reports of early ‘ velocipedes ’ being used for this purpose in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, when the bicycle industry was barely out of its infancy.
The new route across Ryelands Park was unveiled as local dignitaries pedalled a selection of ageing velocipedes ’ down it in memory of Lord Ashton's era.
In May and June of 1895, nineteenth century champion velocipedist Robert Jefferson successfully rode from London to Moscow and back in under 50 days.
Another big problem for would-be velocipedists was the state of the roads: they were so rutted that it was impossible to balance for long.