Story: Bicycles

Bicycle types

The bicycle evolved from the velocipede of the 1860s to the penny-farthing of the 1870s, to the safety bicycle of the 1880s. There were few innovations in the 20th century for the general cyclist until the 10-speed in the 1970s, and the BMX and mountain bikes in the 1980s. The use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) became popular during the early 21st century.

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Types of bicycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016