Cycling History

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December 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Cycling Shorts: Richter’s Raketenrad

Sometimes pedal power just isn’t enough, which has led to various attempts at adding extra oomph to the relatively low, if efficient, power output achieved with human muscle and chains … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Transferable Technology: From the Bicycle to the Aeroplane and the Car

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright gained fame as the first people to make a controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight they owned and ran a bicycle repair, rental and sales … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

Cycling Shorts: The Peace Race, 1974

This photograph of the East German cycling team was taken on the Karl Marx Allee, East Berlin’s monumental socialist boulevard, during the 1974 edition of the Peace Race. It captures … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Military Cycling: The Volunteer Easter Manoeuvres, 1888

Unlike the successful Easter Manoeuvres of 1887 that had seen the bicycle prove its worth in a military context the cyclists in the 1888 Manoeuvres weren’t blessed with the same … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bacchus on a Bicycle: Cycling Under The Influence

Punch magazine is one of the great satirical publications and its cartoons brilliantly captured details of public and private life in Britain during its long print run. I came across … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · 2 Comments