The earliest records of the first bicycle inventions date back to the early 1800’s, so not surprisingly, there were also some early designs of cycle stand.
The bicycle began to grow in popularity as a quicker way to get about than on foot, during the late 1880’s, but then, the first motorcycle came along, when Gottlieb Daimler, a German engineer, put a four-stroke piston engine into a wooden bicycle frame.
The acceptance and engineering of the motorcycle continued to evolve and the motorcycle got bigger to accommodate larger, much faster engines as well as the ability to carry pillion passengers. This meant that the weight of the motorcycle increased and they became more at risk of toppling over when not in use causing damage.
The integral side kick-side was invented as a means of keeping motorcycles upright.
Of course, a kickstand was then developed for the bicycle and use of the bicycle stand gradually faded out. Indeed, the invention of the motorcycle and the automobile and its growing popularity and affordability caused an overall decline in the use of the bicycle. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the appeal of the bicycle was restored, when people became more concerned about health and physical fitness. This brought the integral kickstand back to life, but not the bicycle stand.
During the 1970’s, new sports such as mountain biking, bicycle racing and the triathlon became popular, and the demand for bicycle stands was renewed.
This was because riders demanded better technology and aerodynamics to go faster and further to continuously improve performance. This required changes to the materials used for the bike frame and other design improvements to deliver lighter weight bicycles. Consequently the integral kickstand was left out of the design specification.
Nonetheless, people still required a means to support their bike when not in use, and the bicycle stand re-emerged.
Early models tended to offer a means of securing one wheel: such as a grooved piece of concrete in the ground, a forked piece of metal into which a wheel of the bicycle is pushed, or a horizontal “ladder” providing positions for the front wheel of many bicycles.
These were not very effective, since a thief need only detach the parked wheel from the bicycle to free the rest of the bicycle. They also did not offer much support, and rows of bicycles in this type of stand were susceptible to all getting toppled over in a domino effect.
Today, there are many types of bike stand available in many different materials and design choices.
As a bespoke metalwork specialist, with over thirty years of manufacturing experience, Alpha Rail is able to provide a choice of cycle stands. Our most popular model is the Sheffield Cycle Stand.
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