20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

So we may say that, for a few brief decades before motorcycles and cars took over, the bicycle was the most advanced personal land vehicle around. And those decades were not just glorious but soulful and funny at the same time.

So please welcome another historical collection of crazy bike images within our Bike Month coverage, and decide for yourself whether the following ideas and inventions were visionary or witless.

Oldreive's new tricycle, or the New Iron Horse, 1882.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Library Of Congress


1885: The aerial bicycle was devised by American inventor S. T. Hachenberger, to utilize the newly erected telephone poles and wires for transportation. The idea was soon abandoned.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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A monocycle invented by Langmark and Stuef of California, which consists of a cycle moving within a large wheel, ca. 1895.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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Chas. H. Kabrich, the only bike-chute aeronaut, 1896.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Donaldson Lith. Co./Library Of Congress


Alfred Koescher of Berlin, cycling behind a windshield attached to the back of a pace-making motorcycle on a marathon race, ca. 1900.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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Max Schreyer's daredevil bicycle flying stunt from long ramp, 1901.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Frederick W. Glasier/Library Of Congress


The Seven Gaynells riding bicycles on an open fence track at an acute angle of 70 degrees, c. 1902.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Detroit Publishing Co./Library Of Congress


Sailing bicycles on the beach, Ormond, Florida, c. 1903.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Detroit Publishing Co./Library Of Congress


Diavolo performing his bicycle daredevil act, 1905.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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Mae Gordon's original insane moving pedestal, 1907.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Library Of Congress


A comfortable bike, c. 1914.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France


Competition for water cycles on Lake Enghien, 1914.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France


This new bicycle was intended to help solve transit problem, c. 1920.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

Source: Library Of Congress


A model bicycle with wings, 1921.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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French inventor Alois Santa with his bicycle aeroplane, 1923.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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A bicycle equipped with balloon tires and a "baby" bike are side by side in the Safety Day parade in New York, 1930.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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"Rocket" cyclists from the Thirties.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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Bicycle designer B. G. Bowden with his aerodynamically designed cycle, 1935.

20 Crazy Rides From the Dawn of the Bicycle

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