"Archibald Sharp - Bicycles and Tricycles 1896"

This has been uploaded by Google books. It's the foundation upon which bicycles are built. Also, it will thoroughly humble anyone claiming innovation in bicycle land. Bamboo frames are discussed. Lever drive is discussed. Tubeless radial tires are discussed.

Even if you don't like bikes, keep in mind this was the giant whose shoulders Wilbur and Orville Wright stood on when they built the Wright Flyer. Download it. Scroll through it. Just nice to see what was seen as fruitful and what not. For example: elliptical chainwheels are discussed, but derailleurs are not. Hub gears are ridiculed and bottom bracket gearboxes are discussed in a lot of detail. The drawings are ace as well.

https://ia600204.us.archive.org/0/items/bicycl…

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