What if Romans invented the bycicle?

Sep 2012
286
Argentina
#1
That's something I always wanted to know. What would have happened if the bycicle was invented much before. Could it have replaced the horses? Such an invention could have changed the course of history.
 
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bartieboy

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Dec 2010
6,616
The Netherlands
#2
How much impact did it have on our history when it was invented?
Did people start ploughing their land with bikes? did they start going from city to city by bike instead of horse and wagon or train?

their armies might have been able to move a bit faster but then again... how are you going to make a bycicle without rubber for tiers?
Are you going to make all those bikes out of wood? after all, iron must have been much more expensive in Roman times.
And how are you going to manufacture precision objects like a chain, cog, brakes etc.
 

redcoat

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Nov 2010
7,604
Stockport Cheshire UK
#5
That's something I always wanted to know. What would have happened if the bicycle was invented much before. Could it have replaced the horses? Such an invention could have changed the course of history.
The amount and type of skilled metal work needed to make a practical bicycle was beyond mankind in this period
 
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AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
25,243
Lago Maggiore, Italy
#6
Reading around about the history of the bicycle, the first model [functional] still worked with the individual touching the soil with the feet [no pedals] pushing to go forward. The speed was about 13 km/h. It was 1817 and it seems that just those so cold years, causing unusual death of horses generated the necessity to find an alternative to the animal, at least for city transport.
 
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Davidius

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Dec 2010
4,933
Pillium
#10
How much impact did it have on our history when it was invented?
Did people start ploughing their land with bikes? did they start going from city to city by bike instead of horse and wagon or train?
The invention of the bicycle had a very great impact on society in some parts of the world.
There is a story that the bicycle was responsible for preventing inbreeding in East Anglia ( a notoriously marshy, low lying region) by allowing young people the opportunity to get to other villages and towns and therefore not end up marrying their cousins. I have no idea if this is true or not.

The bicycle certainly gave greater mobility to the working classes in the 19th and 20th centuries.
 

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