13 July 2009

the dandy horse reincarnation

My sister brought up the 'dandy horse' design - the 1818 invention by Baron Karl von Drais in Germany. This two wheeled "running machine" used for transportation on city streets had a very short life span partly due to the made to the frames needing to be made to measure according to the rider's height and stride. That said modern day versions (for kids) are as popular as ever...

These newer wooden versions above have been a personal favorite for years + they are made of wood. I have a feeling that kids learning to balance on two wheels at such an early age are going to be awesome on track bikes when they grow up!

The last picture is of the Wishbone Bike. Love that their version can be transformed into three configurations as kids grow up. Smart stuff.

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