Bicycle Evolution/Intelligent Design

by Alacoque

Hi again Tillie,

I’m back with the rest of yesterday’s excursion to the Powerhouse Museum. I had to pop in to see the eight bicycles the Powerhouse has put on display to illustrate how the design of the bicycle has evolved. Some of them looked like people powered tractors. There was even a tandem designed for a male and female to ride together with special steering so the male could take over when the female fainted!

The Draisine or Hobby Horse, 1817

Macmillan Treadle (or furphy), 1839

The Velocipede or Boneshaker, 1861

The photos aren’t that great due to the background but you can look up the bicycles in the Museum’s online catalog for better images and extra info.

Coco xx