If the smartphone is considered the most prominent technological invention of the 21st century, then by the end of the 19th century, bicycles had the same role.
During the 1890s, the bicycle was an indispensable means of transport with advantages such as compactness, reasonable price, and trendy style.
Until now, the attractiveness of the bike has not changed, as major cities in the world are in the process of being redesigned to serve the needs of people traveling by bike.
Since its inception, bicycles appear almost everywhere. Everyone, regardless of gender, the class learned to ride a bicycle: King Sultan of the Zanzibar island nation, the Russian Tsar also ride bicycles, even Prince Abdur Rahman Khan of Afghanistan also buys bicycles for the rear.
However, it is the working class and the middle class that is driving the popularity of bicycles globally. For the first time in history, the two most populous groups in society can move at will without spending money on horseback riding or rickshaw.
Initially appeared, the “iron horse” made moving light, economical, durable, and also the fastest means of transportation on the road at that time. During the 1890s, bicycles became the symbol of the New Woman model-independent, radical and politically speaking.
How did the appearance of bicycles affect life?
The appearance of bicycles also motivated great shifts in society. At that time, women were very interested in the new vehicle and gradually replaced the bulky Victorian-style skirts with tights used in sports activities and other more applicable outfits.
By 1898, cycling had become so popular across the United States that the New York Commerce Press reported that the bicycle manufacturing, the largest and most advanced industry of its time, made restaurants and theaters lose more than $ 100 million per year.
The person considered the father of modern bicycles is John Kemp Starley. Before that, John’s uncle, James Starley, was the inventor of the “penny-farthing” bicycle (a vehicle with a front-wheel that was many times larger than the rear wheel, with a tubular steel frame on top of the spoked wheel with rubber tires) in 1870.
First introduced in a bicycle fair in 1886, Starley’s invention attracted many curious minds. After two years, the car tire makes the car run smoother and increases the car speed up to 30%, the car has created a miracle.