May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, we’re reprising some of our best content on the history of bicycles. Ride along with Buffalo Soldiers, the League of American Wheelmen, and other cycling enthusiasts.
December 19, 2022
In 1892, the master cyclist set out to tour the world on wheels. A few months later, he disappeared, never to be heard from again. What happened to Frank Lenz?
August 26, 2018
The League of American Wheelmen was originally intended to spread bicycle appreciation. The 1896 presidential election changed all that.
February 22, 2016
The bicycle craze of the 19th century, in which both men and women participated, was seen as a moral affront by church leaders.
February 8, 2022
Buffalo Soldiers were assigned to assess bicycles as military transportation on the frontier at the end of the nineteenth century.
May 18, 2021
How a dominant technology became viewed as the only option, with no need for better-designed competitors.
August 16, 2017
The first modern bicycles were for adults. Ads for boys’ bikes drew from, and fed into, a changing vision of boyhood during World War I.
September 10, 2015
A cyclist in Austin, Texas had an awkward encounter with a Google self-driving car when he approached a 4-way stop at the same time as the vehicle.
October 23, 2019
When “good roads” first became a political issue, rural people were decidedly not the ones advocating for them.
August 28, 2020
Three researchers investigate whether bicyclists deserve their negative reputation.
Editor’s Note: This page was updated in 2023 to add a new link!
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