VIDEO: GLOBETROTTING bicycle collector Paul Adams, who runs the Cycle Museum at Walton Gardens, Warrington, is set to embark on his travels again, this time recreating history.
In June Paul, aged 75 and friends from the Cycle Museum will be travelling to Nancy in France to cycle to Karlsruhe, capital of Baden, Germany, recreating a ride by inventor Baron von Drais, riding a bicycle from his collection made in 1893.
Karl Drais (29 April 1785 – 10 December 1851) was a German inventor, who invented the Laufmaschine (“running machine”), also later called the velocipede, draisine (English) or draisienne (French), also nicknamed the dandy horse. This incorporated the two-wheeler principle that is basic to the bicycle and motorcycle and was the beginning of mechanized personal transport. Drais also invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard in 1821.
Prior to recreating history, Paul is heading off to Canada later this month to a bicycle auction where he is hoping to acquire some more rarities for his collection.
Paul, who runs the Cycle Museum on a voluntary basis, freely admits that his obsession for old bicycles has become a “disease.”
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