Poster Reveals ‘Family Tree’ Of Bicycle Evolution and Design

Now in the 233th year of evolution, the bicycle has been ever changing to fit a variety of riding styles and transport needs. A new poster from Pop Chart Lab depicts this evolution in a family-tree style format.

More than 70 bikes are laid out chronologically and organized by utility. Color-coded lines indicate different styles and tell the story of how each lineage has evolved over the years. We took a close look at the chart, which is available online for $22, in the images below. —Amy Oberbroeckling

The Draisienne-style bike was invented in the early 1800s. It was a forerunner of the two-wheeled bikes we know today

There might be some issues with chronology. We’re not sure that the fixie is a decedent of the triathlon bike

According to this chart the touring bike led to the evolution of the cyclocross bike in 1918… again, not sure that is accurate

The recumbent. Some might think this is one of the sillier of bike innovations

The popularization of 27.5-inch mtb is one of the most recent evolutions

Where can I test ride one of these?

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Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.