Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The bicycle

The bicycle

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The bicycle

Bicycle is the most popular means of transport in many of the world’s cities. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

The bicycle

A close-up of a Nishiki Pro SL bicycle chain. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

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The bicycle

Not to ride a bike is going too far, say the enthusiasts. And there are many. Everyone loves the bicycle. It is cheap, smart, environmentally friendly and provides a daily dose of exercise as we go from A to B. It is both faster and less effort than walking or running. The bicycle gives a cleaner environment and conscience than cars or buses. About a billion bicycle journeys are made every year in Sweden, which means that every tenth trip is a cycle ride.

Bicycles usually have two wheels. Initially they did not have any pedals, air-filled tires, chains or even steering. They were moved by pushing your feet against the ground. But by the end of the 1800s we saw the design looking in theory as it does today — you pedal and the chain spins the back wheel.

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