Da Vinci Bicycle... Or Not

Forget the Fendi Bicycle. It has been proposed that the first Italian designer bike was invented by Leonardo Da Vinci. The wooden construction above is a model "Da Vinci Bicycle", from an exhibition of the artist's inventions.

A bicycle-like sketch was discovered in 1974 during the restoration of the Codex Atlanticus and attributed to Da Vinci. Conferences were held about this discovery; academic articles written... until 1997, when the sketch was proven to be a 20th century forgery.

Okay, so Leonardo Da Vinci did not really invent the bicycle. But it's a romantic idea.


  1. The design is funny. Looking at it, it seem a bit of a stretch that Da Vinci would invent the peddles, chain and handle bars. But hindsight is 20/20.

    Still I am disppointed that he didn't invent it.

  2. I was disappointed too. The idea seemed so natural!


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