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The early history of bicycles was a birthing ground of many interesting transportation devices that resembled modern bicycles. Without access to chain drive systems, those early velocipedes came in many shapes and sizes.
Public transportation was changed forever in the mid-19th century with the revolutionary bicycle design from French engineer Pierre Michaux. Soon after that scores of other inventors begun to improve bicycle in their own designs, bringing it more and more to mainstream use.
History of bicycles cannot be told without mentioning Penny-farthing, a very specific type of bicycle that was highly popular during end of Victorian Era and before arrival of modern “safety” bicycles.
BMX is one of the most popular types of bicycles today, but its history reaches only several decades to the past. Here you can learn how the first models are made, and how big impact they had on the history of cycling and bicycle sports.