The Story of the 1st Women's Paris-Roubaix
by Specialized Bikes.
In 2001, Don McClung of Salida, CO quietly walked the halls of Interbike with the one speed cruiser bike he had built around 29 inch wheels. Despite a plain, dark green color, the bike was distinctive for its frame design modeled after a 1934 Pierce Arrow, a bike whose lines Don had always admired.
The Bicycle's Bumpy History by Evan Andrews
A German baron named Karl von Drais made the first major development when he created a steerable, two-wheeled contraption in 1817. Known by many names, including the “velocipede,” “hobby-horse,” “draisine” & “running machine,” this early invention has made Drais widely acknowledged as the father of the bicycle.
The History & Overview of Cycling by E-BikeKit
Bicycling was first introduced in the 1800s, and it quickly became very popular. However, the basic bicycle design can be traced back to 1493, when Gian Giacomo Caprotti sketched out the idea. Another version was built in France in 1791. However, what many people consider the first practical bicycle was created in 1817 by Karl von Drais, a German civil servant.
In 1868, the first documented bicycle race was held. Bikers racked 1,200 meters in the Park of Saint-Cloud in Paris.