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Wishful thinking by their marketing department I suppose.

Morel would finance and oversee the manufacturing and Gérard would promote it.There was no steering mechanism or pedals and it was basically a whimsical novelty meant to entertain the idle rich.In 1818, Baron Karl von Drais of Germany showed his "Draisienne" to the world in Paris.It has been more correctly referred to as a "portable" bicycle rather than a true folding bicycle. An excerpt from the patent reads "The object of this invention is to provide a machine that is safe, strong, and serviceable, and more easily steered than the machines now in use, and also to construct the machine in such a manner that the same can be folded when not required for use, so as to require little storage-room and facilitate its transportation." Latta sold this patent to the Pope Manufacturing Company who bought dozens of bicycle related patents during the dawn of the bicycle age in America, including the first U. pedal-bicycle patent issued to Pierre Lallement in 1866. It is not known if the Latta bike was ever marketed by Pope since no existing examples have yet been found. A excerpt from the patent reads "The principle object of my present invention is to produce a bicycle, so constructed that it can be easily folded and thus take up less space in length when not in use or when transported or stored." Drawings from the actual patent are below.One of the first, if not the first, credibly documented inventions of a folding bike is by an American inventor, Emmit G. Latta also invented a couple of folding tricycles around the same time as his folding bike and sold those patents to Pope as well. The significance of this bike will be explained a bit later.Drawings from the Latta folding bike patent are shown below. The first folding tandem bicycle was probably invented by Julien Simon and Victor Dussault, both of Paris, France.

Another early documented invention of a folding bike is by an American, Michael B. In their patent application dated May 10, 1895 they described a regular folding bike that could be converted into a folding tandem with the addition of another frame and connecting parts. Quite a few historical texts claim that the French military invented the first folding bike.

First things first though, you can't have a folding bike without the invention of the bicycle itself.

So a very short history lesson on the bicycle is in order.

These large wheeled bicycles were also called "ordinary bicycles".

Which brings us to the folding bike, and this is where history gets a bit murky for a couple of reasons.

First, there is the issue of what exactly constitutes a "folding" bicycle.