A New Class of Cyclists: Banham’s Bicycle and the Two-wheeled World it didn’t Create

While not uncommon for innovator and innovation to merge into a single identity, it is more unusual for this to occur between object and critic. But it did happen in the 1960’s with a novel small-wheeled bicycle, the Moulton, and the British architecture and design critic Reyner Banham. Banham believed the Moulton would give rise to a new generation of middle-class urban radical cyclists who would eventually come to rely on bicycles for their transport needs. While this did not happen, the Moulton’s attention-getting technology did lead to a revived market in for bicycles among young, newly affluent consumers who bought small-wheeled utility bicycles as fashion statements and status symbols.

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  • Accession Number: 01499097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 2 2013 3:17PM