Racing Bicycles

The combination of safety bicycles with pneumatic tyres and geared drive by chainwheels enabled professional cycle racing to develop rapidly in the 1890s.

Bicycles were raced on banked tracks known as Velodromes and attracted large numbers of spectators. In Europe, racing on public roads between cities became very popular.

The frames of racing cycles were made of lightweight steel tubing joined by cast lugs. Wheel rims were made of wood, Sloping frame angles, a high bottom bracket and a long wheelbase aided performance and stability at speed. ”Dropped“ handlebars ensured the rider could minimise wind resistance.

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