Bikes in History — An Occasional Series

May 12th, 2012 by Biky Nick

An exciting discovery was made during marine excavations off the coast of one of the Papadapadopolopi Islands. Embedded within the context of a dragon-bottomed Neaporian merchant vessel, which had been carrying bottulae at the time of its shipwreck in 3732 B.C.E., an astonishing find emerged when one of the bottula sherds was lifted.
The below photograph shows the intricate gearing mechanism emerging. It is currently under expensive investigation in a tax-payer-funded laboratory where they have not a clue what it could be.
Biky Nick has a pretty good idea, though, but nobody’s even asked him for his opinion.

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Bikes in History — An Occasional Series

April 22nd, 2012 by Biky Nick

This astonishing Attic krater is said to date to c.500-480 BC and depicts Ganymede coming to terms with the logistics of bird transport on his new machine.

The current location of this krater is at Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, in Italy, should you wish to visit and marvel at this sensitive depiction of a man and his bike, which, admittedly, looks a little old-fashioned to us now.

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Bikes in History — An Occasional Series

April 10th, 2012 by Biky Nick

The late fourteenth-century Wilton Diptych shows King Richard II (kneeling, left) offering a Cannondale® Mixte-frame mountain bike equipped with the Rhode Gear Taxi® child seat to the Virgin Mary (standing, right). Richard is to be congratulated on this excellent choice for a dynamic Lady for whom no doubt both style and performance rank as highly as the safety and comfort of her Child.

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