getting a handle on technology
Many materials were experimented with
so a bicycle would have just the right feel to it. Wood was
used in most early models, but then people began fashioning
bikes out of metal. When racing and traveling faster became
more important, manufacturers began using aluminum piping
for the frames, which was much lighter. Even though automobiles
didn't catch on until the 20th century, people kept experimenting
with how to make bicycles better, faster, and more powerful.
The very first automobile was a tricycle that put a steam
engine to use.
show a front and a back view of the very first automobile
and people enjoying a ride on it. The vehicle was a tricycle
equipped with a Lucius D. Copeland steam engine of 2600
R.P.M. and Silsby Type Boiler operating at 100 lbs. It
used kerosene for fuel, and was built in Camden, New Jersey
in 1887 by the Northrop Manufacturing Co.
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