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The New York Times recently published an article about a new Smithsonian exhibit for the bicycle.

Since the 1800s, the simple bicycle has influenced tires, tubing, mass production, women's sufferage, highways and gas stations.

Read how the bicycle craze greased the gears of industrial genius, as manufacturers here and abroad scrambled to devise new ways to speed up and standardize production, to lighten the bicycle frame without compromising its strength, and to make the ride cushier through the addition of a radical new invention, the pneumatic tire.

{photo from NYT via National Museum of American History}

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