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The bicycle may have triumphed over the car but it’s far from perfect

There are some wonderful bikes on show in Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum but there’s too much slavish adoration too

28 November 2015

9:00 AM

28 November 2015

9:00 AM

It’s extraordinary that it took civilisation so very long to discover the benefits of putting little wheels on suitcases. We knew how to fly before we realised it was no longer necessary to huff-and-puff baggage by hand.

Even odder, steam and electricity were well understood before anyone got around to developing the ingeniously simple pedal-and-crank mechanism, an invention of decisive importance, which turned the ludicrous, wobbly old hobbyhorse into today’s smooth and sensible bicycle.

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Cycle Revolution: Extraordinary bicycles and the people who ride them is at the Design Museum until 30 June 2016.

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