Van Anden Dexter Velocipede, 1869


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.

Date Made: 1869

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: New York

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Bicycling, America on the Move, Transportation


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William M. Van Anden

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.310206Catalog Number: 310206Accession Number: 112749

Object Name: Bicycle, Van AndanOther Terms: Bicycle, Van Andan; Road


Record Id: nmah_843309

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