Video: Learn the history of the bicycle in under 70 seconds

Beautiful and accurate animation brings more than 200 years of bicycle nostalgia in seconds of video

by Sarah Barth   March 30, 2014  

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If you’re after a history of the bicycle in under 70 seconds - and who isn’t? - look no further that this charming video from the Copenhagen based design and animation outfit Visual Artwork.

You might the the velocipede is a relatively simple construction, but you’ll be surprised to see just how much its design has changed since its invention in the 19th Century.

 

Evolution of the Bicycle from Visual Artwork on Vimeo.

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Whats the design after the Penny farthing? @43 seconds.

posted by bigbluebike [16 posts]
30th March 2014 - 15:01

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No recumbent designs in there...

posted by Peowpeowpeowlasers [65 posts]
30th March 2014 - 16:45

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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
No recumbent designs in there...

Yeah, and no Grifter or Brompton either. This video was a waste of everyone's time, because it didn't cover every bike, ever.

posted by MrGear [85 posts]
30th March 2014 - 16:49

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This was originally a reply to bigbluebike and so is now slightly out of sequence following an update edit.

My first thought is that it is a Starley Royal Salvo which was a mid-1920's tricycle but I think the seating position is too high. The seat being above the rear wheel would imply a single rear. Thinking

Still think it's a trike though. Two wheels at the front? Maybe. Might be from a patent drawing rather than an actual bike. Thinking

After further research it appears to be a Pony Star High Wheel Bicycle dating from about 1886. Makes the video a little odd as this would slightly predate the Ordinary (Penny Farthing) Bicycle of the 1890's so the video is in the wrong order.

I really must get out more! Wink

posted by levermonkey [362 posts]
30th March 2014 - 22:01

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Does it include the Raleigh Chopper?

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posted by Airzound [283 posts]
31st March 2014 - 1:29

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MrGear wrote:
Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
No recumbent designs in there...

Yeah, and no Grifter or Brompton either. This video was a waste of everyone's time, because it didn't cover every bike, ever.

Every bike, ever? Now if you could create this to include recubents, Grifters, Bromptons, my Chopper, BMX and 29er I would be very impressed.

Till then I think this is quite a good little graphics exercise, I don't think it's designed to be a true historic piece of every bike, ever.

posted by Nevans [12 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:19

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posted by kmck01 [1 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 0:00

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MrGear wrote:
Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
No recumbent designs in there...

Yeah, and no Grifter or Brompton either. This video was a waste of everyone's time, because it didn't cover every bike, ever.

Don't think there was any claim of 'every bike ever' in the video clip. The diamond frame (the final bicycle in the clip) has remained largely unchanged since the 1880's and continues to be the standard frame used by cyclists.

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posted by giff77 [1049 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 3:57

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