NC History on Two Wheels Exhibit on display at Museum of the Albemarle from April 12th - June 30th, 2018
The first bicycles were of wooden construction, from their frame to their wheels and later moved from wooden to iron elements. Bicycles evolved during the late 19th century and, by 1900, elements of modern bicycles had emerged. In the early 1900s, upgrades to bicycles during the “Safety Era” made them more sturdy, safe, and reliable modes of transportation with improvements to the seats, brakes, tires, and wheel spokes. Despite the rise of other transportation options, the bicycle has stood the test of time as the most healthy and reliable mode of travel, second only to walking.
Bicycles represented an enjoyable outlet for women, even as conservatives feared the “sinful wheel” would lead to female corruption because women sought to wear split skirts or pants for safety. Women pushed past the controversy to enjoy bicycles in all types and sizes, even joining clubs and participating in contests.
Beginning April 12, 2018 please visit the Museum of the Albemarle to view the History on Two Wheels banner exhibit in addition to bicycles and tricycles from our collection.
The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. It is on loan from NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The exhibit runs until 6/30/18.