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1800s – Zedelgem Blacksmith
Flandria can trace its history back to 1825, when Alexander Claeys, a blacksmith by trade, married into the Dombrecht family, who owned a blacksmiths shop in Zedelgem, Belgium. Alexander’s dowry was the forge, and he set up his own business. His son Louis began making agricultural tools, and the first bicycle was manufactured in 1896.