Vélocipédia dandies are still on a roll


A fun-loving cycling association keeps the tradition of dandy horses alive and well, writes Samantha David

The name ‘vélocipéde’ was probably coined in 1817 by Karl von Drais in French to describe what is now known as a ‘dandy horse’: a seat fixed to a cross bar on a cycle without pedals which the rider moves by pushing their feet against the ground.

But today, the name (from the Latin velox = swift and ped = foot) describes front-runners of the modern bicycle, built mainly from wood with some metal parts, with pedals attached to the front wheel.

Riders from the ParisVélocipédia roll through the French capital

These were manufactured from the 1860s before bicycle chains and gears made it possible to make ...

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