The Relation Between Cars and Bicycles

Two very capable modes of transportation, very similar yet extremely different. Let’s take a look at how these two intersected and transportation became quicker, while they both also followed the trend of being part of the racing group as well both cycling and car racing.

History of Bicycles

The beginning of the history of bicycles started with a four-wheel bike that was connected via an endless rope connected via gears to the wheels. This sounds remarkably similar to what we have regarding cars, albeit a little more sophisticated. This was in 1418, so it was an early time. Roughly 1817 was when the first two-wheeler, aka the velocipede, Draisienne, and dandy horse. This had a steerable front wheel. However, they were balanced by keeping your feet on the ground because at the time people didn’t understand the idea of balancing and pedaling. Then they came up with the High Wheeler, the one with that big wheel on the front and tiny wheel on the back. The idea, the larger the front wheel, the further you can go with one rotation. But the downside was they cost almost six months worth of pay in 1870. No exactly cost efficient (however cars now cost that much as well). 1876 showed the introduction of a caliper brake, similar to what cars use as well. The 1880’s brought about tricycles, which were made for businessmen and women who needed to maintain a certain air of dignity (can you imagine being in a dress trying to get onto a high wheeler? Inappropriate).

The 1880’s also was the time when the Good Road Society was organized and fought for paved roads, which also paved the way for current motor vehicles. Without good roads, many cars would not have made it. The 1890’s was the start of what current bikes look and ride like and also was a time for the beginning of mass production, due to their ability to get people where they needed to go as well as for leisure purposes. The 1920’s led to the advance of motorcycles as bikes were diminishing in popularity and also were being marketed to children. Even the motorcycles that were as well. 1930’s was the Mountain bikes by Schwinn. Road cycling racing was seen in the first ever World Championships in 1958. So it took a while for racing to catch on.

History of Cars

Cars weren’t invented until the late 1800’s which is a full almost 400 years after the invention of the bicycle. The overlap is from bicycle mechanics J. Frank and Charles E. Duryea who created the first American gasoline car in 1893 which went on to win the first Car Race in 1895. The early 1920’s, however, was when the Americans became the names in the industry with Ford, GM, and Chrysler (my how the times have changed). Besides being vehicles for the elite, they also utilized their abilities in the war during WWII.  Automobiles also let to the improvement of urban areas because people were able to travel more readily. The first modern auto was a Maybach, in 1901, which had a lightweight engine that could go over 50 miles per hours. But production was slow, even with 1700 workers they could only produce under 1000 cars per year. The Oldsmobile, which a now impossible to find replacement parts for according to our friends from windshield repair Brampton, became the first relatively cheap car at $650, and they were able to manufacture over 5,000 of them per year, which put them ahead of the game regarding production. From there and after the way cars have since been improving. We are now running electric vehicles and ones that can drive themselves.

We Only Have One Because of the Other

Cars were pretty much invented by bike mechanics. People use bikes and cars now interchangeably depending on where they live. They are a cheap form of transportation, where you can get a decent bike for a little over $100 if that. But then, like cars, there are also the professional racing bikes, which are custom fit to you, to your leg length and torso length and can range upwards of $1000. Just like cars, people use them to race, and the races are exciting. And transportation and where you live is also key to the merging of the two. You see a lot of people cycling in major cities, because cars are impractical, and also you see a lot of them just doing it for the environment and their health.  You don’t need gas; you just need the power of your legs. But cars are still needed to travel across the country on land and such (unless you are a super rider), but both have secured their place in the world. If there is ever a shortage of gas, we can still always use our bikes. Our health and the environment with also thank us.