Poster Reveals 'Family Tree' Of Bicycle Evolution and Design

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where can I test ride one of these?

Posted by Scrappy - 09/06/2013 07:29 AM

An interesting concept and a nice looking poster, but the true velophile will realize the temporal placement of some of the developments displayed and lines of evolution are wildly incorrect in places.

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