Bike manufacturers all over the world launch their version and hundreds of new companies open up to meet the growing demand. By 1895, the Stanley Bicycle Fair held in London had attracted more than 200 manufacturers with more than 3,000 different bicycle models.
One of the largest producers is Columbia Bicycles. Possessing an automatic production line, the company can produce a bicycle every minute. At that time, this technology was arguably one of the pioneering technologies that set the standard for automobile manufacturing.
Strong demand for bicycles has also led to the growth of parts manufacturing such as bearings, spokes, steel pipes, and high precision tooling technology – factors that help shape the manufacturing industry.
The advertising industry also benefits from bicycles: artists are placed into the most eye-catching advertising posters, paving the way for the development of lithography that enables bright colors to be printed. Marketing strategies such as launching new products each year or planning discontinuation that began in the 1890s also cater to the bicycle market.
The popularity of bicycles
Bicycles seem to be present in every aspect of life including art, music, literature, and human genetic resources. Records of parishioners in England show that thanks to the cycling craze in 1890, marriages between different villages increased markedly.
The bicycle liberated the young people of the time from geographical constraints, allowed them to meet with people in other regions and thus, helped diversify the source of genetic traits.
Millions of cyclists have accelerated the process of improving streets and country roads and set the stage for the era of cars of the future. In 1895, the city of Brooklyn opened a dedicated bicycle route from Prospect Park to Coney Island and attracted more than 10,000 cyclists on the first day of use.
Two years later, New York City also enacted the first traffic law to deal with those who drive too fast. In 1901, Starley, inventor of the first modern bicycle, died suddenly at the age of 46. After his death, his company turned to make motorcycles and cars.