Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bicycles from the Mid-1800's Through the 20th Century
With the bicycle already riding down the path to greatness, many different additions and modifications were made to von Drais's original design throughout the rest of the 19th century. Speed-control systems, pneumatic (air-filled) tires, and wheel size modifications were all made to increase the riding experience and safety. The high-wheel bike (aka "the Penny Farthing"), made in the late 1800's, was an attempt at increasing the amount of power one could get from pedaling.