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The three vehicles highlighted so far (rickshaw, bullock cart and horse-drawn
carriage) made use of a very simple device – the wheel – to bear the weight
of the load that is to be transported.

The bicycle, and the trishaw, also make use of the wheel but with the addition
of a gear chain and pedals for turning the wheels more easily and rapidly.

Early versions of bicycles appeared in England around 1819. The rider sat
astride the bicycle and pushed it along with the feet as it did not have pedals.
This was hard work. Another 20 years passed before Kirkpatrick Macmillan
built the pedal-powered bicycle.

In Singapore the first bicycles were introduced in 1866-67. They were brought
in by T S Thomson and his friend, Robert Jamie, a chemist at John Little’s.

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14 March, 2008 at 10:00 am

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