While Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum has been praised for its inclusion of the city’s nautical heritage, it has still reserved a special place for the bikes of yesteryear.
Taking centre stage in the museum is the Eternal Velodrome, a circular causeway suspended from the ceiling where bicycles defy gravity. Racing bikes and mountain bikes are represented together here, chasing each other forever in one big loop.
Also on display are World Record Breaking cyclist Graeme Obree’s bikes and racing attire from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, alongside less competitive bikes like the penny farthing. Other bikes have baskets attached and some even have three wheels.
One set of instructions accompanying a bike for elderly and nervous riders promises “ease in mounting”, “easy propulsion” and “great brake power” to make headers impossible.
For the speed junkies out there, the bicycles are also accompanied by motorbikes of varying shapes and sizes. From scooters to superbikes, they are all represented.
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