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How the Wheel was Reinvented

Updated on July 12, 2011

Come a Full Circle

If you think about the discoveries that man has made, it is mind boggling the way we have changed the planet. Then think about the humble beginnings of the cave man and you suddenly wonder how it came to be.

The secret I feel lies in the circle. Or rather the practical application of the circle in a wheel. No matter what device you pick up if you open it up you will find these little wheels making it work. Little wonder then that I feel that the wheel is the most important discovery that man ever made.

Photo Credit - Ricky David
Photo Credit - Ricky David

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The bicycle club was rather an elite group then.
The bicycle club was rather an elite group then.
Three wheeled motorcycle - a far cry from today's fuel guzzling monsters.
Three wheeled motorcycle - a far cry from today's fuel guzzling monsters.
The harnessing of wind power for wagons wasn't a grand success on land.
The harnessing of wind power for wagons wasn't a grand success on land.
How's this for horse power?
How's this for horse power?
The cars have come a long way since this
The cars have come a long way since this
That's the jet plane wheel
That's the jet plane wheel

A Set of Wheels

Putting the basic design of the wheel to innovative use has perhaps best been done by the transportation industry. Be it the bullock cart, a bicycle, a scooter, a car, or a truck. Wheels of all sizes and shapes have been reinvented to make transportation simpler for us. Some times its a little difficult to imagine what life would be like if there were no wheels.

My First Set Of Wheels

Most of us start out with a tricycle and graduate to a bicycle. Little does the toddler realize just how much of a leap this is for him as a person. There was a time when Bicycle Clubs were actually an elite group, just a couple of hundred years ago.

Manual to Motorized

The next set of wheels we use is usually motorized and helps us to get faster to our destinations with far less effort. The motorcycle or scooter would be the wheels at this stage. Did you know that the original motorcycles had three wheels? A far cry from the nimble racers we see today.

Alternative Fuel

Considering the cost of gas these days it is important to learn how to harvest the other more abundant sources of energy available to us. Before man thought of solar cells and solar power harvesting, there was another source of energy which was experimented with. That would be the power of the wind. Check out the Sail Wagon.

Horse Power Anyone

While the cities run on gas, the country still values the animal carts that provide a simple but efficient means of transportation. After all one is never in a tearing hurry to get to the fields to harvest them. They can survive that extra five minutes without your attention and care.

More Urban Minded

The next set of wheels would have to be a car. It is an important decision choosing and buying your first car. It almost defines who you are. Thankfully today you have a vast choice of good buys available in the market. Plus they come in far more colors than Mr. Ford would have approved of!

Wheels to Fly

The planes that leave the ground far behind and soar up in the sky too need wheels. Yes the landing gear is just as important as the jet engine that it supports. The truth is even in this age of technology, there is just no getting away from the wheel!

So no matter what the size or use wheels are being constantly reinvented for your use!


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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from India

      Thanks Eileen. Glad you liked it.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great and really interesting hub. Thanks for sharing it

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from India

      Did you weblog? Any idea who recommended it? Must thank them

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      9 years ago from 1India

      I found a link to this hub in hubbers hangout forum(Recommend another Hubbers Hub) and glad about it. It's a nice informative hub.

      Thumbs up!

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      9 years ago from India

      Alex since I was focused on transportation I never thought of the zodiac wheel.

      Plus I think we need to look into the transportation of Eskimos :)

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      9 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Fascinating article. There are some cultures where the wheel was not used, or hardly used. It would probably be of little use to an Eskimo for instance.

      The wheel has however penetrated the unconscious, with the zodiac viewed ad a celestial wheel for instance.


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