Bicycle: The Definitive Visual History
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The Bicycle is Born
Like many of the world’s greatest inventions, the machine that gave rise to what we now know as the bicycle was born of necessity. A string of poor harvests in Europe from 1812 led a German civil servant to develop a human-powered form of transport to counter the reliance on horses, which were in short supply due to a scarcity of animal feed. Karl von Drais christened his 1817 invention the ‘Laufmaschine’ (running machine), after the swift walking movement required by the rider in order to propel it forwards.
Afghan Man Riding His Bicycle
The bicycle is the only reliable, cheap form of transport for families and workers in many poor and less accessible parts of the world, especially in war-torn places such as Kabul, Afghanistan.
Starley Royal Salvo
“They have become a fascinating and exhilarating means of exercise and locomotion.”
Bicycles at War
Bicycle-mounted infantry messengers and ambulance carriers were used extensively by all combatants during WWI.
American Children’s Bikes
“It’s low-cost transportation and it helps boys make money.”
The Flying Pigeon
The Flying Pigeon became the approved form of transport withing the People’s Republic of China, so much so that the country became known as the kingdom of bicycles.
The Golden Age
“He seems to caress the handlebars, while his torso seems fixed by screws in the saddle, his long legs stretch to the pedals like the limbs of a gazelle.”
Publisher : DK; Illustrated edition (May 24, 2016)
Language : English
Hardcover : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1465443932
ISBN-13 : 978-1465443939
Item Weight : 3.7 pounds
Dimensions : 10.25 x 0.93 x 12.13 inches