The final breakthrough of the bicycle
In Europe the final breakthrough of the bicycle only happened towards the end of the 19th century. Construction was suitably altered and cranks were attached to the front wheel. Due to increasing demand production increased and consequently this vehicle became a mass phenomenon revolutionising mobility of the individual. Nevertheless the creator was not meant to witness the success, since Karl Drais had already passed away in December 1851.
A tribute to the bicycle – the Jubilee-Song
For the 200-year jubilee of the bicycle the city of Mannheim naturally assigned no less a figure than the ‘Sons of Mannheim’ and Xavier Naidoo to compose a song for the jubilee. Have a listen, the ‘Sons of Mannheim’ have released a terrific song in honor of the bicycle!
Our Holiday tip to the bicycle’s place of origin
If you fancy visiting Mannheim – the town where the maiden voyage of the bicycle happened – in style as part of a cycling holiday, then we recommend our cycling tour along the ‘Rhine-Cycling path from Straßbourg to Mainz. As part of the stage Heidelberg-Worms this cycling tour leads you amongst others through the beautiful birth place of the bicycle, which is also called the ‘city of short paths’.