The First Tricycle
The First Tricycle The first tricycle was built in 1680 for a German paraplegic named Stephan Farffler ( -Oct. 24, 1689), who lived near Nuremburg. He was a watch-maker and the tricycle had gears and hand cranks. Two Frenchmen, named Blanchard and Maguier invented a tricycle in 1789, which prompted the Journal de Paris to coin the words bicycle and tricycle and publish them on July 27th to differentiate between the two types of machines. From 1881 to 1886 in Great Britain, more tricycles were built than bicycles, but this was primarily a class phenomenon, since tricycles were more expensive, perceived as more genteel, and the upper classes had the disposable income to buy them for the women in the family. As a result, tricycling remained popular in Great Britain long after riders turned away from them elsewhere. They still continue building them.