Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: Bicycle History

  1. #1
    Senior Member BicycleCrazy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    124
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bicycle History

    I am looking for some resources regarding the history of the bicycle. I've searched Amazon and there are a few but I'm looking for suggestions from cyclists. All media types are welcomed...print, video, audiobooks etc. Prefer options with good photos or illustrations.

    Please post your suggestions or you can email me ideas at history@bicyclecrazy.com

    Thanks so much!

  2. #2
    Senior Member Jim Kukula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    New York State
    My Bikes
    Thorn Nomad Mk2, 1996 Trek 520, Workcycles Transport, Brompton
    Posts
    443
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There is the history of the bicycle, then there is the history of bicycling, etc.

    I recently watched a video, The Six Day Bicycle Race. Almost nothing in there about the bikes themselves but it was grand fun on bicycle racing in the 1920s and 1930s.

    The Dancing Chain seems to be really good on bicycles themselves, but I haven't actually seen the book myself!

  3. #3
    Banned.
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Fredsville
    Posts
    122
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Funny, I was planning on Googling "Bicycle history" tonight. (But I started reading here, and now it's time for bed; But I hope some good references will show up here, soon!)

  4. #4
    Senior Member cyclist2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Up
    My Bikes
    Masi (retired), Giant TCR, Eisentraut, Jamis Aurora Elite, Zullo (trainer bike), Cannondale, Stumpjumper, Waterford(N+1), Tern D8 (N+1)
    Posts
    2,779
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bustercrb/sets/72157623483647522/

  5. #5
    Commuter & cyclotourist brianogilvie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Hadley, MA, USA
    My Bikes
    Boulder All Road, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Breezer Uptown 8, Bike Friday Express Tikit, Trek MultiTrack 730 (Problem? No, I don't have a problem)
    Posts
    491
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A good general survey, written by a professional historian, is David Herlihy, Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press, 2004), which addresses both the technical history of bicycle innovations and the social history of bicycling. It's especially strong on the 19th-century origins of the bicycle.

    Frank Berto, The Dancing Chain (Van der Plas Publications, 4th ed., 2011), is specifically on the derailleur drivetrain and other multi-gear shifting systems. The various books that Jan Heine has written or edited, on René Herse, handbuilt bicycles, competition bikes, etc. are also good and lavishly illustrated. Compass Bicycles (Jan's company) has a well chosen stock of books on the history of bicycles and bicycling.
    Public accountability: my Beeminder weight loss graph.

  6. #6
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Brighton UK
    My Bikes
    20" Folder, Road Bike
    Posts
    1,664
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    Hi,

    There is nothing interesting in that article IMHO.

    Just a lots of facts, some pretentious twaddle, and some data.

    Its appallingly amateurish for someone who allegedly has a Ph.D,
    I really wonder were he bought that from to be brutally honest.

    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-03-13 at 02:07 PM.

  7. #7
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    39,074
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    so this is how you do research ? try wikipedia?
    I'm in popcorn mode..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 06-07-13 at 07:48 AM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member IthaDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    My Bikes
    Click on the #YOLO
    Posts
    4,627
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well you're an agreeable so and so, aren't ya?

    Shimano : Click :: Campy :: Snap :: SRAM : Bang

  9. #9
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,666
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can start by checking out Sheldon's site- http://sheldonbrown.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  10. #10
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,197
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bicycles in War by Martin Caidin and Jay Barbree is always a good read on a subset of bicycling.

    The Lost Cyclist - By David V. Herlihy gives a picture of the turn of the 20th Century.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  11. #11
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You might check out "It's All About the Bike" by Robert Penn.

  12. #12
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,197
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MooMan View Post
    You might check out "It's All About the Bike" by Robert Penn.
    The videos are good too.







    Last edited by Artkansas; 06-04-13 at 06:35 AM.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  13. #13
    Senior Member BicycleCrazy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    124
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for all the great suggestions

    I really enjoyed the Rob Penn videos

  14. #14
    Senior Member SpookyReverb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    My Bikes
    2012 Salsa Casseroll
    Posts
    76
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MooMan View Post
    You might check out "It's All About the Bike" by Robert Penn.
    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post

    The Lost Cyclist - By David V. Herlihy gives a picture of the turn of the 20th Century.
    I liked and would recommend both of these.
    - Austin

  15. #15
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cycling steadily became more important in Europe over the first half of the twentieth century, but it dropped off dramatically in the United States between 1900 and 1910. Automobiles became the preferred means of transportation. Over the 1920s, bicycles gradually became considered children's toys, and by 1940 most bicycles in the United States were made for children. In Europe cycling remained an adult activity, and bicycle racing, commuting, and "cyclotouring" were all popular activities. In addition, specialist bicycles for children appeared before 1916

  16. #16
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    3,755
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have two high quality books that have a good history. 1) The American Bicycle by Jay Pridmore and Jim Hurd 2) Bicycle by David V Herlihy

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gaseous Cloud around Uranus
    Posts
    3,239
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't forget,the history of the bicycle starts with what we would call a scooter(velocipedes)....pedals started 30-40 years later.

    Last edited by Booger1; 06-05-13 at 12:53 PM.
    Everything should be as simple as possible...But not more so.---Albert Einstein

  18. #18
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    39,074
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    early on it just was something to hold you up.. so the bike seat is older than the bike pedal..

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    347
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Search for info on Pierre Lallement, who is credited with the invention of the bicycle. There is lots of info including

    http://electronicvalley.org/derby/Ha...ent,Pierre.htm

  20. #20
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,197
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
    Don't forget,the history of the bicycle starts with...

    It makes sense that humanity as a whole started with a strider bike. That's the right way to learn.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  21. #21
    Cabrőnista™ dprayvd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    a high fructose corn, olé!
    Posts
    421
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    41VJWSukBgL._SL500_SY300_.jpg

    This is from 1972. I liked the author's writing style.

    Also, this account of Schwinn's history was, for me, time spent well.

    Google Books has much regarding the bicycle and its history, if perchance you haven't yet looked there.

  22. #22
    Senior member Dan Burkhart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Oakville Ontario
    Posts
    4,842
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not a complete history by any means, but lots of fun reading here.
    http://www.jimlangley.net/
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1

  23. #23
    Senior Member kmv2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    My Bikes
    Bianchi circa late 1980s, Surly Cross Check, Kona Blast
    Posts
    695
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This site has some good stories,
    http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/

    Very UK-centric.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •