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

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.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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bigbluebike [17 posts] 1 year ago
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Whats the design after the Penny farthing? @43 seconds.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [291 posts] 1 year ago
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No recumbent designs in there...

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MrGear [87 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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levermonkey [642 posts] 1 year ago
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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.  39

Still think it's a trike though. Two wheels at the front? Maybe. Might be from a patent drawing rather than an actual bike.  39

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!  3

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Nevans [17 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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kmck01 [1 post] 1 year ago
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Chapeau

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giff77 [1191 posts] 1 year ago
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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.