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There are several early but unverifiable claims for the invention of bicycle-like machines.

The earliest comes from an illustration found in a church window in Stoke Poges, installed in the 16th century, showing a naked angel on a bicycle-like device, and from a sketch said to be from 1493 and attributed to Gian Giacomo Caprotti, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci.

Later, and equally unverifiable, is the contention that Comte de Sivrac developed a cιlιrifθre in 1791, demonstrating it at the Palais-Royal in France. The cιlιrifθre supposedly had two wheels set on a rigid wooden frame and no steering, directional control being limited to that attainable by leaning.

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