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History of the tricycle

Adam Jones | apr 17 - 2018

A tricycle, often abbreviated to trike, is a human-powered (or gravity-powered) three-wheeled vehicle.

In 1789, two French inventors developed a three-wheeled vehicle, powered by pedals; They called it the tricycle.

The first front steering tricycle was manufactured in 1881 by The Leicester Safety Tricycle Company of Leicester, England, which was brought to the market in 1882 costing £18. They also developed a folding tricycle at the same time.

Easier to cycle with a dress
Tricycles were used by riders who did not feel comfortable on the high wheelers, such as women who wore long, flowing dresses

the Tricycle Association
In the UK, upright tricycles are sometimes referred to as "barrows". Many trike enthusiasts in the UK belong to the Tricycle Association, formed in 1929. They participate in day rides, tours, time trials, and a criterium (massed start racing) series

In the West, adult-sized tricycles are used primarily for recreation, shopping, and exercise.

Riding a tricycle also helps develop gross motor skills that are needed for almost everything, it seems. Gross motor skills refer to the large muscles groups of the body that enable running, walking, balance, coordination and more. Children develop these skills during early childhood and they improve as children get older.


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