The wheel is without a doubt one of the greatest inventions of mankind. It is indeed incredible to even think that something that came in to being thousands of years ago is still so widely in use around us even today.
To be honest, we still cannot think of a world without wheels. Wheels are now used for multiple purposes. However, this ingenious invention of mankind dates back to thousands of years and carries behind it a long and interesting history of evolution.
The infographic below has explained the different stages of evolution of the wheel beautifully right from the start to the present day. However, before that, let’s discuss the journey of the wheel through the centuries in brief.
The First Wheel
The very first wheel was not invented for the purpose of locomotion. It was 3500 BC in Mesopotamia when the first wheel was made. But it was only used for pottery. However, in 3200 BC wheels were first used in chariots, but people mainly depended on horses as modes of transportation.
The Evolution Begins
The first improvement on the ancient wheels was not before 1000 BC. Iron rims around them were invented in this era. The evolution process then went stagnant for a long time and then took a leap in 1802 with the invention of wire tension spokes that can still be seen on bicycles.
In 1845 R.W. Thompson invented the first pneumatic tires and in 1888 John Dunlop reinvented it by replacing the hard rubber that was used in all bicycles back then.
The Beginning of the Automobile Era
The first automobile wheel was invented by Karl Benz in 1885. Longer life tires came into being in 1910 and steel welded-spoke wheels between 1926 and 1927.
The Modern Wheels
Today’s automotive wheels are a majority of three types Alloy wheels and Steel wheels.
To know more about the wheel and its evolution check out the Infographic below shared by Big Bang wheels.