How a Bicycle Is Made
All you ever wondered about how handlebars are bent, why mudguards exist, and where lubricant comes from.
By Maria Popova
The bicycle is indisputably one of humanity’s greatest inventions — a feat of design and engineering, a royal mode of transportation, a global canvas for art, a metaphor for computers, a vehicle for both subjugating and emancipating women. But how, exactly, does a bicycle come to life? This wonderful 1945 short film from the British Council traces the process of how a Raleigh bicycle is made, from raw material to the intricacies of craftsmanship.
Careful designing, reliable materials, and expert craftsmanship in every stage of manufacture turn out a British bicycle second to none.
Published July 13, 2012