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Cycling history...(4 posts)

Cycling history...Adam Boyer
Sep 14, 2001 9:32 AM
Does anyone know of good sources to learn about recent bicycle history (there seems to be a lot about the old bikes). I am wondering about when and who innovated bikes within the last 20-30 years or so with new frame materials, clipless pedals, etc (thus creating the modern road bike).
Sheldon BrownDog
Sep 14, 2001 10:56 AM
Sheldon either has the answers or has links to get you there. You could spend a week reading his site.

Some information inHumma Hah
Sep 14, 2001 11:51 AM
_The American Bicycle, by Jay Pridemore and Jim Hurd, c 1995, Motorbooks International Publishers, ISBN 0-7603-0037-2.

They cover bicycles back to early French contraptions that didn't even have pedals, but concentrate on US efforts. The "modern roadbike", except for a few new materials and refinements, differs little from those developed around 1890, when road cycling became a BIG-TIME sport in the US. There was a cycling bust around 1900, but track continued to be a big spectator sport for decades.

During this period, Schwinn developed kids bikes, and cycling was considered kids stuff in the US, while it continued to be a major sport in Europe. However, quality US track bikes continued to be built by Wastyn and others. A partnership between Schwinn and Wastyn produced the Paramount in 1938, built with chrome-moly tubing. In the 60's, Schwinn began to build roadbikes along european designs, introducing the US to derailleurs, most horrid, but the Paramounts adapted well to the road and remain well-respected.

In the more recent history, the book covers some bizarre experimental concepts built in the US.
"The Dancing Chain"David Feldman
Sep 14, 2001 3:57 PM
An excellent history of derailleurs and much, much more. Co-authored by Frank Berto, Raymond Henry, and others, sold through Van Der Plas publications, an excellent read. It really does trace the technical and a bit of the social history of the modern lightweight bicycle from @1900 to 1999 when it was published. Really is a "must read."