How it all started
It was a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci that first inspired Magni to build a
bicycle of wood. One more of Leonardo's visionary concepts, centuries ahead
of his time.
It wasn't until 1817 that a prototypical bicycle was first actually built.
Baron von Drais, wanting a quicker way to get around the royal gardens,
devised a wooden frame with two wheels, the front one steered by handlebars.
The baron straddled his "Draisienne", scooted along with his feet, and
rolled to the next rose bush.
In 1865, pedals were applied to the front wheel and bicycle as we know it
was born. This "Velocipede" was at first made entirely of wood. When metal
wheels were substituted, the engineering evolved a front wheel much larger
than the back, creating the "penny farthing" profile. Brakes were still in
the future, and the contraption was ridden mainly in rinks as a dare-devil
As improvements in metallurgy enabled smaller and more sophisticated
components, the bicycle lost its extreme proportions and the original
proportions of the two wheels were restored. By the turn of the twentieth
century, the bicycle had moved from curious spectacle to popular sport for
both men and women, affecting fashions in the process.
Now, a century later, Magni Vinicio restores the beauty of the bicycle's