Cycling History

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No 5 – The American Star Bicycle, 1881-1893(?)

Today the basic elements of John Kemp Starley’s Rover Safety Bicycle, introduced in 1885, are the standard form for bicycles but in the late Nineteenth Century the ‘safety’ was just one of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No. 4 – Paris-Roubaix Cobblestone

“Just you wait, my dears, and see what happens on the cobbles. And, indeed, you see soon enough. Or rather, you hear, because it’s the din that hits you first … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No. 3 – Merckx’s Hour Record Bike, 1972

The Hour is cycling’s blue riband event, the ultimate test of a riders’s physical ability. It is elegant in its simplicity; how far can you go in 60 minutes of … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No. 2 – The Zeus 2000 Gold Derailleur (2nd Style)

Anyone who has found themself labouring up a hill or speeding along the flat will understand the importance of adjustable multi-speed gearing in cycling. Riding is made more efficient, as … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No. 1 – The Wire Spoked Wheel

By way of preamble all cyclists know that the correct answer to the question, “How many bicycles should one own?”, is n+1, where n represents the number of bicycles currently owned. There … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment