* For the whole story get thee to http://gizmodo.com/the-233-year-history-of-the-bicycle-in-one-handy-chart-1252329937
It is indeed very interesting to see how this wonderful technology has evolved. To the point where today for a very small amount of money most of the world's population can have a machine which permits us to get about in a hugely efficient (not to say healthy and agreeable) manner. And indeed, in 2013 what is most interesting about cycling in cities is not the technology . . . but the way in which it is used.
More to build on there.
* World Streets has published no less than 103 articles on bikes and cycling, which you can access at http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/category/cycling/
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