Imagine how would a bicycle feel if it hadn’t been for the rubber tires on them? If will be the most uncomfortable feeling to your groin you have ever imagine.
When bicycles started to have their role in the world, people seemed to be more amused by the fact that there is a new type of transportation; cheap and exciting. But exciting didn’t exactly went full sense. Because the fist bicycle wheels didn’t have today’s rubber tires, it was quite uncomfortable to drive them, even considering the fact that there wasn’t much asphalt.
It all started somewhere in California in the early 1970’s, when couple of kids modified their 20″ Schwinn Stingray bicycles and started making tricks on parking lots and parks. One summer was enough for this sport to spread around the US with the name of Bicycle Motocross, later BMX.
The term “Freestyle” still wasn’t pronounced by the skilled BMX bikers, but it had a man that started modifying the durability and strength of BMX to withstand numerous trick challenges. His name is Bob Haro and is considered as the founding father of freestyle BMX and Specialized BMX Bikes.
When we say mountain bikes in Europe, we mean a very eventful and rich history of development. The history of mountain bike and mountain biking is as eventful and almost as long as the history of bikes in general. And all those events and development are taking place exactly on the soil of the Old Continent. And the history of the off-road bicycles begins in the remote year of 1896.
There was an array of changes underwent in developing this two-wheel-off-road device. The changes went from the change of shape to the change of the very structure, meaning of the materials being used, all that to make the mountain bike a vehicle which will enable the riders have comfortable and safe ride.
The diversity of models comes from the diversity of requirements for each type of mountain bike racing. For example, the Cross Country XC model is manufactured to meet the requirements for a cross racing. These bikes are lighter in weight which makes them function better when climbing.
Nevertheless, the mountain bike designs from the 21st century are the most technologically developed so far. Their great efficiency lies in their geometry, suspension, the wheel brakes as well as the design of both the tire and the wheel.
We all know that the magical transport vehicle on two wheels which saves the environment from pollution is called bike, however not many of us know the history lying behind it, where this invention was born and so on and so forth.
It all started in Europe, in the remote 19th century when the first archetype of the bicycle appeared and that was the German draisine. This is a dandy horse, the first means of transport invented. It had two wheels in one line and was moved by the rider’s pushing with feet being at the ground, pushed as in regular walking. This miracle was first invented and patented in the beginning of 1818.
Bikes are means of transport of rich tradition of over 2 centuries by the time of which there were great changes underdone in their development.
So, we stopped at the very beginning, in 1818 to be more precise. The tradition of using this two-wheeled miracle goes further on, for the period from 1829 to about 1850 is a period of great changes in the structure of the first vehicles using solely human power to function. The 1820s was a period of inventing something new which would have the purpose of a draisine yet it would enable the rider to maintain the balance easily by adding one more wheel to this construction (a tricycle) and also additional two wheels in some models.