Michaux, 1869/70

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Anno di produzione: 1869
Nazione: Francia
Nome: Michaux

Michaux, 1869/70

Michaux, 1869/70, France

According to reports, the pedal application on the Draisine and the improvements that will turn it into the “Michaudine“, was made by a technician called Lallement, collaborator of Michaux, to whom the Michaux family (that patented the idea) didn’t show the right gratitude. We have to remember that the Michaux family already had an organized company and potential customers for their new vehicle. Lallement was just a technician  that surely lacked money to invest on the idea. On the other hand the Germans realized that the compatriot Fischer (skilled repairman of musical instruments) actually had the moral authorship of the invention, applied 13 years before the Michaux patent.

Technical notes:

Michaux model
Brake on the back wheel operated by a string on the handlebar: in order to stop, you turned the handlebar
Forged iron frame and fork
Saddle on the leaf spring
Wooden wheels with iron protection
Two little ornaments shaped like moustaches used to rest your feet while going downhill to avoid hitting the spinning pedals
The wooden wheels were later protected by an iron foil and U-shaped to accommodate a rubber ring

2015, Mostra, EXPO: Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, Triennale, Milano