Did Leonardo da Vinci Invent the Bicycle?

Laser scientist who proved that Leonardo da Vinci didn’t invent the bicycle turns 80
Laser scientist who proved that Leonardo da Vinci didn’t invent the bicycle turns 80

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A sketch of “Leonardo’s bike” was first made public in 1974 as part of the recently restored Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus.

A sketch of "Leonardo's bike" was first made public in 1974 as part of the recently restored Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.
Leonardo’s bike

While the Mona Lisa may be the work of art that the general public is most interested in, cyclists have a different favourite. As with all exciting discoveries, caution is advised.

A considerable lot of fakes were created to claim credit for the creation, and several nations formerly vied to be the proud inventors of the bicycle. This was especially true before to the First World War.

Legitimate scientific studies later disproved these fakes, establishing that the basic two-wheeler concept,

It is the foundation of every bicycle, was developed by German government servant Karl von Drais, who attended the University of Heidelberg to study technology.

Unfortunately, even “Leonardo’s bike” is drawn in this way. That being said, these forgeries were still widely accepted at the time “Leonardo’s work” was published. They all bore the same mark—a myth invented in 1890s France that maintained that a proper bicycle preceded a non-steerable two-wheeler—which historian Jacques Seray disproved in 1976.

But the discovery seemed to have given the Italians the upper hand in the conflict; the next record of a similarly sophisticated bicycle design appears in 1855, nearly 400 years after the first on record.e.

The bicycle is found on the back of a sheet that contains all of Leonardo’s original sketches; according to Carlo Pedretti of the University of California, a 16th-century conservator folded the sheet in half and glued it shut, not so much to conceal the amazing bicycle as because he found several crude penise outlines on the back that he believes were drawn by one of Leonardo’s students.

Creator of the bicycle, Karl Freiherr von Drais
The creator of the bicycle, Karl Freiherr von Drais

The Italian monks who restored the Codex Atlanticus in the 1960s seem to have concluded that a bored monk might draw a bicycle, which is why there was no bicycle in 1961 and one in 1974. The American art historian, when she examined the same pages in 1961 under a bright light, discovered only male genitalia on the back of the implicated sheet.

Chemical analysis of the sheet could provide definitive proof that the bike is a modern addition, but the restored pages have since been sealed in plastic to be preserved. The growing evidence was enough to convince experts, though, despite our desire to believe the bike has been around for centuries. The entire premise seems to be a load of bullshit.

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