History of Cycling

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

BBC Sport - Cycling - History of track cycling __ "The length of the track has varied since the early days but nowadays all events take place on a one-lap track of 250m. "  A general overview of track cycling as well as a lot of other information about cycling. - From bbc.co.uk - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/cycling/get_involved/4261854.stm

Bicycle History Timeline __ You will find an annotated bicycle history timeline for the United States of America. - From ibike.org - http://www.ibike.org/library/history-timeline.htm

Category:History of cycling __ Index of articles related to cycling history found in Wikipedia - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:History_of_cycling

Cycling before Lycra __ "As we zoom around on our lightweight bicycle frames, tri-bars, 10 speed cassettes, wearing clothing that one minute keeps you dry and the next, wicks the sweat away, it's interesting to look at how it was in the 1930's-1940's." - illustrated - From Allan Nelson - http://www.bikeit.eclipse.co.uk/cyclingprelycra/index.htm

Cycling (Biking or Bicycling) History, Benefits, Terms, Tips __ A history of cycling and much more. - From medicinenet.com - http://www.medicinenet.com/cycling_biking_or_bicycling/article.htm


Cycling History __ "There’s much more to the history of cycling than the evolution from “Hobby-Horses” to “Boneshakers,” and from there to “High-wheelers.” Indeed, cycling has been an important social activity in most countries of the world, the true first form of modern “individual mobility.”"  A very brief overview along with information about the International Cycle History Conference - From cyclepublishing.com - http://www.cyclepublishing.com/history/

Early History of the Racing Bicycle __ " Following the advent of the high-wheeled “ordinaries” bicycle racing became a very popular, yet quite hazardous activity. These cumbersome cycles with hard rubber tires and a brake in name only required considerable courage to ride and gave rise to the term
“breakneck speed” since a crash often resulted in the rider getting pitched over the front of the wheel, often with devastating results." A good overview of early racing cycles and the racers. - illustrated - From  theracingbicycle.com - http://www.theracingbicycle.com/Early_History.html

Great Moments in Cycling History __ A very funny look at cycling history.  Is it for real, or isn't it?  "Due to the efforts of automobile lovers, most cyclists have very little sense of cycling history. Here is some history you won't hear from any other source!"  Or you may not want to. - From kenkifer.com - http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/humor/great.htm 

HickokSports.com - Sports History - Cycling 1: Development of the Bicycle __ "This document contains a history of the early development of cycling, from its invention in 1895." - From HickokSports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/cycling01.shtml 

HickokSports.com - Sports History - Cycling 2: Cycling's Golden Era __ "This document contains a history of the golden age of cycling, from the 1890s to the early twentieth century" - From HickokSports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/cycling02.shtml


Hilldodger's cycling history site __ A good blog covering many aspects of cycling history. - illustrated - From cyclinghistory.blogspot.com - http://cyclinghistory.blogspot.com/

The History of the Bicycle __ "Some history books will state that Pierre and Ernest Michaux, the French father and son team of carriage-makers, invented the first bicycle during the 1860s. Historians now disagree and there is evidence that the bicycle is older than that."  Find out for yourself. - illustrated - From about.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbicycle.htm

A History of Cycling: Track Cycling, Road Cycling __ "Turn the clock back more than two centuries and you're getting close to the advent of the bicycle. It is possible that a Frenchman developed a wooden prototype bicycle as early as 1790,..."  History and overview. - illustrated - From talkcycling.co.uk - http://www.talkcycling.co.uk/guides/cycling_history.html

Major Taylor Humanitarian Association __ This site features information about Major Taylor, 1899 World Champion bicycle racer. Taylor was one of the first Afro-American world champions. - illustrated - From http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/ - http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/

Olympic Track Cycling History __ A brief history of track cycling in the modern Olympics. - From mademan.com - http://www.mademan.com/mm/olympic-track-cycling-history.html   

The Origins of the Tour de France __ "The origins of the Tour de France go back to a humble legal clerk in the 1890's by the name of Henri Desgrange.  Desgrange took time out from his day job to compete as racing cyclist, a state of affairs which continued until a client complained after seeing him with bare calves in public. Thus forced to choose between the legal profession and the bicycle..."  The rest is the stuff of legend. - From Tom James - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/veloarchive/races/tour/origins.htm 


Pedaling History Bicycle Museum __ A good general resource about cycling history.  Click on "the Museum" link for a virtual tour. - illustrated - From pedalinghistory.com/ - http://www.pedalinghistory.com/

Road Cycling Equipment, History and Rules __ History of cycling equipment and a searchable database of all the cycling Olympic medalists since 1896. - illustrated - From olympic.org - http://www.olympic.org/cycling-road-equipment-and-history

The story of Le Tour __ You will find stories, photographs, and race details of the Tour de France, year by year. - illustrated - From Tom James - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/veloarchive/races/tour/ 

Tour de France History - Cycling __ A brief overview of the history of the race. - From bellaonline.com - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art11240.asp


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