A Chinese historian has recreated what he claims was the first pedal-powered cycle ever invented - which he says was in use over 2,000 years before the first western bicycle.
Xu Quan Long (shown here) on his 'recreation,' Lu Ban's supposed wooden cycle, attracting suspicious looks from passers-by. Academic Xu Quan Long has taken his bizarre contraption to the streets of Beijing to show people his discovery - which has raised more than a few eyebrows with other road users.
'It is quite slow and looks like very hard work to steer and control,' said (someone) of the large, wooden device, which requires complicated gearing to allow it to even move.
Xu said he stumbled across the discovery while studying the works of legendary ancient Chinese inventor Lu Ban, who was born more than 2,500 years ago."
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