The wheel is an integral part of today’s transportation system, from trains and automobiles to motorcycles, bicycles, even rickshaws and carriages. Even though it has come a long way since its invention, it is still as useful today as it was thousands of years ago.

Very few ancient inventions managed to survive the test of time. Although it is not clear who exactly invented the first wheel, the evolutionary journey of the wheel is as long as it is fascinating. Let’s take a quick look at the history of the wheel and its amazing evolution:

 

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1. The Wheel Through Time

It is fascinating to think that what has become so widespread today was actually an idea that was hatched thousands of years ago. The first wheel dates back to 3500 B.C. and was made in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq).

 

2. The First Wheels

However, the idea of wheels being used as a mode of transportation was not conceptualized back then since they were used mainly for pottery. It was only 300 years after that the first wooden wheel was invented. However, it was not primarily used for transportation purposes yet. Its utility was restricted to domestic purposes such as irrigation, milling, etc.

 

4. The Emergence of a New Era in Wheels

In 1000 BC, the first wheels with iron rims were manufactured. Although there were minor developments, the next notable upgrade was not until the 19th century. In 1802, the round wire tension spoke wheel came into being. It is used in bicycles even today. In 1845, the pneumatic tire was invented, which was developed and re-invented in 1888 by John Dunlop.

 

5. The Inception of Automobile Wheels

Today, the rim and tire are the two most important parts of a wheel. These components have a major impact on the smooth functioning of a vehicle. Automotive wheels rotate on their axis, causing the vehicle to move. Karl Benz presented the world with the first automobile wheel in 1885 and, in 1910, long lasting tires were invented by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

Steel-welded spoke wheels emerged during 1926 and 1927. Since then, wheels have undergone a number of changes. We now have two major types of automotive wheels, used both in automobiles and touring motorcycles: alloy wheels and steel wheels. There are different variations in these as well, which have been developed to serve with more precision. Custom wheels like HH-12, Big Bang Sport BSP31 and 2Crave, come in amazing designs and finish.

 

*This infographic was originally published on Big Bang Wheels. You can learn more about wheels on 2Crave.


Indeed, the wheel has come a long way since it was first used thousands of years ago. Today, it plays a major role in checking places off our bucket list. Why not put your pair of wheels to good use on an exciting adventure motorcycle tour?