In 1817, Baron Karl von Drais changed the world when he invented the bicycle. A technological museum in Mannheim is honoring that feat with the exhibit "2 Wheels – 200 Years.“ A trip back through time.
As the car industry boomed for decades, the bicycle's importance as a means of transport dwindled. But DW Sports' Joscha Weber is expecting a pedal power renaissance 200 years after the bike's invention.
Initially conceived as a make-shift solution, the bicycle ultimately became the most successful invention ever. Still, the bicycle had a rocky start before it really took off.
The simple two-wheeler, first invented in Germany in 1817, has evolved into a fast, fun and green machine. As bicycles continue to evolve, cities welcome their eco-benefits, while riders appreciate their convenience.
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