A brief history of the electric bike

Today, let’s talk about some important cut-off points in the history of bicycles and electric bicycles.

Late 18th century

As early as 1790, Sivrak, the Frenchman, has invented the world's first bicycle. The body of the bicycle is wooden and the structure is relatively simple, with no drive or steering. In order to ride, you need to rely on the rider's feet to move forward, turn, and need to get off the car to change the direction of the ride. Despite this, the appearance of this bicycle caused quite a stir at the time.

Early 19th century

By the beginning of the 19th century, the world’s first truly practical bicycles appeared.

During this period, it was also a few twists and turns. First, the wooden two-wheeled bicycle with handlebars appeared in 1817, and the pedal-driven bicycle invented by British Macmillan in 1839. The Renault-type bicycle born in 1869 was called "1886". "The father of bicycles" mechanical engineer Starley, designed a new bicycle style, opening up a broad road for the mass production and promotion of bicycles. Finally, in 1874, the Englishman Lawson put on the chain and sprocket on the bicycle and used the rotation of the rear wheel to push the car forward. Although it is still not coordinated and stable, it also means the birth of a bicycle with a modern form.


Late 19th century

By 1895, Ogden Bolton invented the direct-drive wheeled electric vehicle, and he became the first person to patent a battery-powered bicycle. This is a 10 volt / 100 amp, single speed electric bike with a DC hub motor.


Turn of the 20th century

At the turn of the twentieth century, rear-wheel and belt drive patented by Mathew J. Steffens, electric bicycles, and the “roller-type rear-wheel friction-driven electric bicycle” patented by John Schnepf appeared. The emergence of these devices and bicycles is destined to be a significant turning point. In the next few decades, they are used in roller coaster brakes, generator lighting, and transmission gear systems.

In the 20th century

After the turn of the 20th century, Hosea W. Libbey combined the "booster" battery and the dual motor to form the bike called "Libby." His original design was a crank-and-claw system, but it was quickly replaced by a chain drive, so the bike appeared very short. But the design concept of the Libby bike is perfect, which has become part of the revival of the booster bike in the 1990s.

Later, Jesse D. Tucker developed the first patented freewheeling motor. This motor was used by bicycles and electric-powered bicycles in 1946. Cyclists can combine pedals, motors or combine two power modes.

Late 20th century

The "Zike" in 1992 was the first electric bicycle to be launched. It has an integrated nickel-cadmium battery system and an 850-gram permanent magnet motor.

In 1993, the first crank-driven "electric bicycle" bicycle appeared. This has led to an increase of 35% of bicycle sales in the next decade.

Nowadays, Antlerslane have released a new brand with vintage design for you, hoping it will give you special choice under variety E-bike market.