Open University explains bike design

Bike geeks rejoice: the Open University has launched a series of five short films exploring the history of bike design

It starts with the advent of the French Velocipede in the 1800s, through the development of bike racing and ends with a look at the materials  being used today and where bicycle design might be heading. Throughout there are insights from pro bike racers like Roger Hammond and the great Bernard Hinault, along with contributions from bike brands like Rapha, Condor, Genesis, Raleigh and the steelmaker, Reynolds.

The series also looks at wheel design, but doesn’t delve into mechanical aspects like braking or gearing. Nevertheless, It’s well worth a half hour of anyone’s time.

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