Big Wheel Off-Road Bikes
Big Wheel: the origin. The Big Wheel has its roots in Egypt. It had been used for a time as a sacred object, but was finally brought into the public arena in Venice during the Renaissance. This vehicle had a very important or powerful person as its patron saint. The Big Wheel was a common sight on Italian roads in this time, carrying provisions, supplies and religious figures from one city to another, bringing good luck to its travelers. Soon, the idea of the Big Wheel became associated with fortune and the goddess Venus, making it a popular and well-known emblem in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
The first prototype for the Big Wheel, a tiny hexagonal tricycle was produced by the artisans of Venice around 1490 during the Italian Renaissance. The designer, Jan Morel, intended it to have four wheels, which would let it be pulled along by hand. It was designed to be used as a source of transport, similar to a scooter, but instead of using human power, it was powered by both wheels. A more recent variation of the original concept was that the tricycles or'motor bicycles' that are very popular in most countries today.
While many versions and innovations have come and are gone by the wayside, the first big wheel concept lives on. Mountain bikes and other big wheel cycles have evolved into very useful vehicles today. But they all share a basic design that began with the first Big Wheel and remains true today. The four wheels of the Big Wheel are attached