December2018

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The Origins of the Bicycle – Part 3

The Fast and the Furious To increase the speed of the what was commonly known at the time as the velocipede a fairly simple shift in the design was employed. The front wheel was made significantly larger. This was the vehicle to use the name “bicycle” and has retroactively been[…]

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The Origins of the Bicycle – Part 2

Several designs began to spring out of Pierre Lallement’s new creation, naturally some failed and some succeeded. A number of these designs reworked the pedal system of the vehicle, instead using connecting rods to attach the pedals to the rear wheel, the best known example being that of Thomas McCall’s[…]

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The Origins of the Bicycle – Part 1

When you look at bicycles today with their added suspension, carbon fibre frames, inner tyre gel or even something as simple as mudguard it’s easy to forget how far they’ve come since they’re earliest interpretations. In fact, take a look at something like the Penny Farthing, I’m not even sure[…]

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