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deechee
12-03-2007, 03:37 PM
Sorry if this has been discussed before but searching the threads with "history bicycles" isn't very useful.

After watching "Top Gear" last night (they tried to find the first car that influenced current car design (steering wheel, pedal layout etc.)), I realized I know very little about how the current bicycle came to be. I've learned a lot from you guys and your amazing bikes/builder stories but is there any book in particular that puts it all together? Its not just those funny cycles with the really big rear wheel but things like Colnago's racing history, why the drivetrain is on the right side etc. I'm very curious. Thanks :)

bluehorseshoe
12-03-2007, 04:29 PM
Bicycle. David Herlihy. Yale Univ. Press.

Good read.

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300104189

deechee
12-03-2007, 04:56 PM
thanks! looks promising :)

J.Greene
12-03-2007, 05:01 PM
I'm fairly certain it had something to do with a teenage boy and an unused prophylactic.

JG

palincss
12-03-2007, 06:55 PM
Sorry if this has been discussed before but searching the threads with "history bicycles" isn't very useful.

After watching "Top Gear" last night (they tried to find the first car that influenced current car design (steering wheel, pedal layout etc.)), I realized I know very little about how the current bicycle came to be. I've learned a lot from you guys and your amazing bikes/builder stories but is there any book in particular that puts it all together? Its not just those funny cycles with the really big rear wheel but things like Colnago's racing history, why the drivetrain is on the right side etc. I'm very curious. Thanks :)

This one http://www.sponend.org.uk/hist/hhstarly.htm was highly influential. Wikipedia also has an article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kemp_Starley

obtuse
12-04-2007, 10:12 AM
why the drivetrain is on the right side?

so the fixed cog doesn't thread itself off.


jerk

deechee
12-04-2007, 10:27 AM
thanks! that's so cool... rover cars were born from bikes :banana:

rwsaunders
12-04-2007, 11:00 AM
Bicycle. David Herlihy. Yale Univ. Press.

Good read.

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300104189
Looks interesting. I already forwarded this to the missus as a Christmas gift idea. :cool:

george
12-05-2007, 10:24 AM
You may want to scan this site out. It has a nice timetable chart on milestone inventions in the evolution of our bicycle...

http://www.jimlangley.net/ride/bicyclehistorywh.html#

Vancouverdave
12-05-2007, 10:38 AM
Can't get a better technical history than Frank Berto and Raymond Henry's "The Dancing Chain," especially for most things related to multiple-speed bikes and the inventors and manufacturers who pushed it along.
Combine with Jan Heine's "Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" or the "Data Book" to get a sense that everything's already been invented, and it just keeps getting recycled.

cadence231
12-05-2007, 10:45 AM
Bicycle. David Herlihy. Yale Univ. Press.

Good read.

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300104189


It is exhausting!

I have been through it twice.

You will never complain about a rough road or rough bike again!

davids
12-05-2007, 11:10 AM
why the drivetrain is on the right side?

so the fixed cog doesn't thread itself off.


jerk
I love learning shiet like this.