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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

34. The History of Bikes

34. The History of Bikes

Alex (Stephen Joffe) has a problem; his bike is broken, which gets him to wondering where did bikes come from in the first place. Enter the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), who take him back in time first to reveal that contrary to popular thought, Leonardo da Vinci did not invent the bicycle, that honor goes to Baron Karl von Drais, who created the "hobbyhorse" bike around 1816. Next they head to France and meet Pierre and Ernest Michaux, father and son, who created the first bike pedals, and also invented the Velocipede, which means "fast foot." Then to England where we learn how the Starley family created what looks like the bike that we know of today, called the Safety Bike, which included brakes. Then, in America, we see that Charles Goodyear discovered, accidentally, how to make vulcanized rubber, which wouldn't melt in the heat or crack in winter, and the pneumatic tire, which would hold air. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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