There is an exhibit currently at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago called The Art of the Bicycle. Bicycles were first invented 200 years ago, so over the years there is plenty of material for any bicycle exhibit. It is always interesting to see what the curators select as a focus, i.e. would it be a specific type of bike (road, mountain), classic races (Tour de France) , training (speed, ascending, descending), racing (winning, losing), types of cyclists (kids, women), equipment, style, learning to ride, or legends and champions?
Getting back to the exhibit “detour”—there was a surprising wall of bicycle saddles. It was a colorful, diverse collection but not sure how to justify this relating to the evolution of bicycle design since all the items were contemporary.
But the overall exhibit is a tribute to ingenuity and vision resulting in the continuous reinvention of the bicycle and it’s role in transportation and recreation. In spite of their physical differences, each bicycle in the exhibit has one characteristic—it appears to be fun to ride.
Sharon Kaminecki comments on adventures in bicycling and other stories