History : Is this the First Bicycle Trick Tape?

Thomas Edison is known today as one of the most important (and controversial)  inventors of our time. Lucky for us, the Library of Congress has many of his old films available online for viewing by anyone. Fun Fact: The following motion picture was made with a Kinetiscope! 

In this short film titled "Edision's Backwards Rider" (1899), Neibert, a famous circus performer, pedals backwards, bunny hops, and gets pretty acrobatic on this early bike. Do you think they knew how popular fixed gear trick videos would be in 2019? 


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