The 233-Year History of the Bicycle In One Handy Chart

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For those who live and breathe by two-wheeled transportation, bicycles are more than just a way to get from here to there. The immediate, wind-on-your-face freedom of pedaling fast is a feeling that just can’t be matched by wandering around, road-tripping, or pretty much any kind of public transport.

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For their latest foray into in-depth visual breakdowns, data viz wizards at PopChartLab have turned their attention to the design evolution of cycles dating back a whopping 233 years. Organized chronologically from top to bottom and color-coded by style of ride, the graphic gives a neat glimpse at how the styles have changed through the years. In spite of my avowed allegiance to my dear beloved road bike, there’s a bunch on there I wouldn’t mind testing out around town. Also, question: Has anyone out there ever tried a penny farthing?

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AcetyleneCrown

Someone has to explain to me how a Fixie, distinguished by a fixed gear, is a derivative of a Tri-bike, distinguished by a radical geometry. And then how you go from Fixie to Caminade Caminargent, a multispeed bike I believe distinguished by its octagonal aluminum frame, and from there to the Eddy Merckx Motorola, a steel race bike? And why is a straight bar road bike coming off a line related to packable bikes instead of, say, city bikes? This is a little strange. Or maybe I'm making some gross conceptual error.