Two Bicycle Tricks videos, 110 years apart.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 20, 2011
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Bicycle tricks are for fixie hipster kids? And, genius inventor Thomas Edison, who filmed the first bike tricks video in recorded history, in 1899.

The only trick I know is riding my bike to the cafe with my dog and my cell phone and laptop.

“First Bicycle Trick Ever.”

The first videos were filmed by no less than Thomas Edison, from 1899 – 1901:

The second:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Two Bicycle Tricks videos, 110 years apart.”

  1. Lindsey B. says:

    Loooove this! Haaa.

  2. Cody says:

    too bad they are riding single speeds instead of fixed in the second video.

  3. The more things change, the more they stay the same! It's amazing that the basic bike design has stayed constant. Yes, we have recumbent bikes, unicycles and trikes, but the "original" design endures. "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." Archimedes and Edison had the right idea.

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