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?