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The Noblest Invention. History of the Bicycle. (circa 1870). (circa 2010). The Noblest Invention. History of the Bicycle. (circa 1880s). (circa 2010). The Noblest Invention. Get a bicycle.  You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle. The Noblest Invention.

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the noblest invention

The Noblest Invention

History of the Bicycle

(circa 1870)

(circa 2010)

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The Noblest Invention

History of the Bicycle

(circa 1880s)

(circa 2010)

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Get a bicycle.  You will not regret it if you live.

~Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle

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The Walking Machine - circa 1817

  • Also known as the “Hobby Horse” in England
  • Weighed as much as 200 lbs, and had to be pushed up hills
  • Craze lasted about two years
  • Those who persisted were teased and laughed at
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The Velocipede or Boneshaker – circa 1865

  • Pedals attached to front wheel
  • Velocipede = “Fast Foot”
  • “Boneshaker” = Unbearably harsh
  • Made of wood & iron
  • Not more than a fad
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The High Wheel Bicycle – circa 1870

  • First all metal frame – some tubular
  • First to be called “bicycle”
  • Dangerously high center of gravity
  • Expensive!
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The High Wheel Tricycle – 1880’s

  • Designed specifically for ladies who wore long skirt and corsets
  • Most mechanical inventions for tricycles, such as steering, brakes, and the rear differential were later used in automobile design
  • The regular High Wheel continued to be the best performing machine
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The High Wheel Safety – 1880’s

Manufacturer rode bike down the steps of the U.S. capitol building

  • “Taking a header”?
  • “Break-neck speed”?
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The Hard-Tired Safety – 1880’s

  • Advances in metallurgy allowed development of the chain & sprocket
  • Lower center of gravity = strong and stable
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The Pneumatic-Tired Safety – 1888

  • Pneumatic = filled with compressed air
  • Applied to bicycle by a man named Dunlop
  • Comfort & safety
  • Popularity skyrocketed!
  • Mass production of bicycles in 1890
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Post War – 1920 into the 1950’s

  • Focus on automobiles & infrastructure
  • Bikes were kids toys
  • Auto and motorcycle design elements to appeal to kids
  • Glamorous, ostentatious, and the heaviest yet of this modern design

(2010 Schwinn Classic 7 Deluxe - $650)

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Currently…

(2010 Pinarello KOBH - $10,000)

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Riding with The Devil!

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Estes Park Ride - 2010

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Estes Park Ride - 2010

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Estes Park Ride - 2010

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Bike to Work Day

Wednesday, June 23 2010, 6:00am - 8:30am

Bike to Work Day 2010 Sponsored by Greeley Trails and Open Space Foundation

Breakfast Stops 6:00-8:30 a.m.

  • 59th Ave & 10th St - Wells Fargo
  • 59th Ave & 20th St  - The Buzz
  • 47th Ave & 28th St - Vitamin Cottage
  • 35th Ave & 16th St. - Bittersweet Park (stop by for a FREE bike safety check from Roubaix Bicycle Co.)
  • 28th Ave & 10th St - Greeley Police Dept.
  • 17th Ave & 16th St - NCMC
  • 16th Ave & Reservoir Rd - Judy Farr Bldg
  • 10th Ave & 8th St - Lincoln Park
  • 23rd Ave & 33rd St - Palomino, Evans
  • 83rd Ave & F St - Poudre Learning Center
  • 10th St (Bus Hwy 34) & Promontory Circle
  • 1600 Pelican Lakes Point - Windsor
  • 1399 Water Valley Parkway - Windsor
  • 421 Main St - Windsor
  • 250 11th St - Windsor Recreation Center

Of NoteUNC will join Greeley’s celebration of Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 23, by offering a free breakfast to cyclists 6-8:30 a.m. at the Judy Farr Alumni Center parking lot. The Bike to Work Breakfast Station will include Starbucks coffee, Johnson’s Corner cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos and fruit.