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Since we’re approaching the 200 year anniversary of the first bicycle, we thought it would be a good time to get you all caught up with the last 2 centuries of two-wheeled history.
Bicycles have been a big part of our society for a while now; almost everyone in the first world has learned to ride a bike at some point.
It’s also the year of the first official bicycle road race.
However, it doesn’t just belong in cycling history; the Roper Steam Velocipede is also regarded by some as the first motorcycle, though whether it constitutes a motorcycle is a matter of debate.
The mind behind this bike is Sylvester Roper, a major name in the world of steam engines and vehicles.1869 is when the first rubber tires were used for bicycles, which was a major game changer in the development and production as well as the capabilities of bikes.
Finally in 1965, they were revived once again, where it saw moderate success.
They changed the name to League of American Bicyclists in 1994, and are still around to this day, with around 20,000 paid members and approximately 300,000 affiliated with them in other ways.
Before the bike chain became a thing, pedalling and controlling a bicycle could be a real pain.