Technological Innovation

A century later, it still looks pretty much like this.

That’s what is apparently the only remaining Van Cleve in existence, the bicycles built by Wilbur and Orville Wright before they famously went on to other things. What’s amazing is that the bicycle I’ll hop on this morning for the ride to work is basically the same. Lots of minor technical innovations, but the basic shape of the thing hasn’t changed.

(I like it that the reverse threading so the pedal won’t unscrew while you’re riding was a Wright Bros. invention. I’ll be riding a Wright Bros. technology today.)