Two-Wheeled Travel

1900 - 1950

Although the first two-wheeler prototypes, from the célérifère to the draisine, emerged between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, it was not until the late nineteenth century that the bicycle acquired its current appearance, namely with two wheels of equal size, fitted with tyres, and pedal movement transmitted to the back wheel via a chain. The first motorcycle prototypes date to the late nineteenth century. The first to have an internal combustion engine was patented in 1885 and was developed by two German inventors, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. 

Karl Drais e la sua Draisina

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race

Herbert George Wells 

Ciclista in difficoltà durante il Tour de France del 1936
Bicicletta da corsa con motore

Bicycles also proved a huge hit in Switzerland right from the start and soon became widespread. The first Swiss road cycling championships took place as early as 1892, while the Tour de Suisse was first held in 1933. The country now boasts around 8,500 kilometres of cycle tracks.