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1844 July 8th. Born
1869 In Paris he patented a system using individually adjustable spokes in a wheel. He produced cycles weighing forty-four pounds, at that time some twenty-five pounds lighter than other available machines. Because this weight reduction enabled the building of machines with larger front wheels and therefore more suitable gearing, he is considered by some to the the 'father' of the bicycle.