Early 20th Century Hydrocycles

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A water cycle is a bicycle-like watercraft that makes it possible for us move on water using our own legs. In the late 1890s this invention got the name hydrocycle. To move forward, riders use a crank with pedals just as on a bicycle. The power the rider then puts into the pedals will be shifted to the water or the air via a propeller. For the bike to float on the water, pontoons or surfboards are used.
In 1914, a race was organized on Lake Enghien, north of Paris. The competitors took part with their homemade bicycles and tricycle contraptions with a variety of modifications
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Images:  French National Library via EUROPEANA

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