Van Anden Dexter Velocipede, 1869

Description
William Van Anden of Poughkeepsie, New York was granted patent no. 88238 on March 23, 1869, covering "improvement in velocipedes." This improvement consisted of a "ratchet device" or free-wheeling unit in the hub of the front wheel. This improvement, well ahead of its time, enables the rider's feet to remain motionless while the velocipede continues to move by momentum, as will a bicycle equipped with a coaster brake. Use of the device is optional, however, for the movement of a small plunger in the hub joins the pedal cranks fast to the axle, as in the conventional velocipede.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1869
Associated Place
United States: New York
ID Number
TR.310206
catalog number
310206
accession number
112749
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William M. Van Anden
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Bicycling
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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