Why weren't bikes invented earlier?

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  1. Plotinus

    Plotinus Philosopher Super Moderator

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    Yes, and would you want to ride that?
     
  2. Sharwood

    Sharwood Rich, doctor nephew

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    HELL YES! Didn't you see the episode of The Amazing Race with wooden bikes? Fun, fun, fun! Although not as much fun as watching people hurt themselves losing control of them, and likely not too gentle with the old scrotum. But hell, I've had worse things happen down there. Couldn't be much worse than riding an angry horse.
     
  3. frekk

    frekk Scourge of St. Lawrence

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    Keep in mind that in addition to having no rubber, the Romans may have had alot of roads but they weren't asphalt roads. They were stone cobbled. That's unpleasant enough on a regular bike, can't imagine on one with wooden wheels.
     
  4. aluka

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    Big horse breeders were keeping them down.
     
  5. aronnax

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    I dont think bicycles can move faster than horses.
     
  6. Agent327

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    Bicycles are stationary, so it depends on the cyclist.

    How about: Why wasn't the wheel invented earlier??;)
     
  7. Bugfatty300

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    Well think about it. There wasn't a necessity for them. Early bikes where invented simply as play things for the rich and kooky inventors. What would have been it's advantage over a horse and cart? Practical ones that could be generally used where not feasible until modern inventions such as alloys, pneumatic tires and gear systems.

    With no pneumatic tires, alloys, gear system, handling one away from paved roads on rough terrain would have been nightmare and would have been thrown away. Would you seriously push a heavy primitive bike up hills and terrain for miles and miles just to ride them down the other side while sacfricing other more important things you could be carrying?
     
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    Roman roads are remotely close to what we call "good roads" in the 20th/21st century:crazyeye:
     
  9. Naskra

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    Wouldn't the unicycle have to be invented first?
     
  10. bob bobato

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    There's probably hundreds of simple machines that haven't been invented yet (and might never be), even though we have the technology.
     
  11. AndrewG

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    Well, Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court had King Arthur's knights on single-seaters...
     
  12. frekk

    frekk Scourge of St. Lawrence

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    No they weren't ... they were cobbled (there was a sort of pavement, but it went under the cobblestones to fix them in place - wasn't durable enough to resist traffic and ruts from wagon wheels).
     
  13. Elta

    Elta 我不会把这种

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    IIRC the world record for a man on a horse, a dog and a bike rider are all 45 mph at top speed.


    In any cace as far as war goes; depending on the terrain it could be cheaper to attach some serfs/slaves to a bike/cart and have them pull stuff since they eat so much less than a horse.

    I can't see bikes taking part in actual war since it is so difficult to fire anything from on top of one while moving. Though you could have some lightly armoured (since it is hard to ride with armour on) dragoon units.

    Ride in on bikes/ dismount and use crossbows. That could work :D
     
  14. Infantry#14

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    b/c people were lazy. When you ride a bike, you do the work, but when you ride the horse, it does the work.
     
  15. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    . . . I am willing to bet the average person of 150 years ago did a lot more physical labor on a daily basis than almost anyone in today's society.
     
  16. Patroklos

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    I'd imagine it was the chain gearing and being able to do it small enough and light enough.
     
  17. philippe

    philippe FYI, I chase trains.

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    if I recall correctly bicycles have had their use in the first and second world war as means of transportation
     
  18. Patroklos

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    Germany had whole bike battalions in WWI. In WWII they were used for messangers. By then the motercycle was far more developed and played a dignificant role in HQ and recon units though.
     
  19. Sharwood

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    The Japanese used bicycles extensively for intracity city transport during WWII. Only officers and people on legitimate military business got to use cars or motorcycles, everyone else was limited to bicycles or walking.
     
  20. IIDX

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    To the old world, it wasn't practical. In paper, yeah it sounded wonderful, but oh come on.. Knights clad in armor, riding BIKES. Not exactly what I call practical.
     

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