The evolution of the bicycle

The bicycle: Vehicles for human transport that are wonderful and have two wheels and require balancing by the rider, given that they aren’t drunk….date all the way back to the early 19th century when the French were busy dealing with Napoleon and creating cool shit. The first means of transport making use of two wheels, and thus the archetype of the medieval bicycle, was the German draisine dating back to 1817. The term bicycle was coined in fantastic France in the 1860s.

* I adore Wikipedia…when I am too lazy to do extensive research, I look to the free encyclopedia for the least obscure information

The German draisine, aka “the boneshaker.”

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Interesting looking…but hard on the ole buttocks.

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The Quadricycle

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Was there anything Henry Ford didn’t get his hands on? This amazing four wheel beast was first developed by Andrews (whoever the hell that is), of Dublin, Ireland, way back in the day. Ford created a later model in the late 1800’s that was pretty damn cool.

Oh look, a bicycle for the ladies! Created by New York Company Pickering and Davis in 1869.

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Alright, alright…I am going to skip over the rest…here are some of my favorite bikes.

The Micargi Beach Cruiser…supergeil!

Photo: http://www.antiquebicycle.org

1954 Schwinn Black Phantom…possibly the coolest bicycle ever made.

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Photo: http://www.nostalgic.net

1955 Schwinn Hornet

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Photo: http://classiccycleus.com

My old green Schwinn

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My new cruiser

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Cruiser and new Schwinn

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This chap knew how to get around…

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I conclude my short history of the bicycle. Up next…a history of motorcycles….a subject I am highly knowledgeable about….my future post shall be more in depth and intriguing than this one…please stay tuned….


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