getting a handle on technology
machine factories had the equipment and skills to build bicycles,
so some companies made the shift to this new, promising business.
One such converted Englishman engineer was James Starley,
one of the leading bicycle makers of his generation. Starley
made a series of basic technological improvements that led
to the development of the modern bicycle. As early as the
1870s, he devised ways to make steel tubing light yet strong
enough to build bicycles. Later, he invented the "lever-tension"
wheel, with metal rods attached between hub and rim. When
the rods were tightened, the hub turned slightly, increasing
the tension on the spokes in one simple movement.*
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*[From The American Bicycle.
Pridmore and Hurd, 1995.]
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