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The nineteenth century's qmechanical horseq offered an exciting new world of transportation for all and ushered in an era of changes that resonates to the present day, changes cataloged and described in a fascinating history of an engineering marvel.That changed in 1891, when Edouard Michelin of Clermont-Ferrand in France introduced a detachable tire. ... in the event of a puncture the cyclist could now repair or replace the independent inner tube with the help of a few simple tools and spare materials. ... Operatives sprinkled nails along the course so that the public could observe firsthand how easily mechanics mended the inevitable flats. Tireanbsp;...

Author: David V. Herlihy
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2004

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