Friday, 19 February 2010

Walthamstow man invents the modern bicycle

I knew that the car, the aeroplane and the novel were all invented in Walthamstow (there must be something invigorating about the air) but I never knew that it was a man from Walthamstow who invented the modern bicycle.

In 1885 Starley made history when he produced the Rover Safety Bicycle - a rear-wheel-drive, chain-driven cycle with two similar-sized wheels, making it more stable than the previous high wheeler designs