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Racers and Cruisers

Once bicycle makers discovered how to use chain driven mobility, the adaptability and versatility of the bicycle reached new heights.

Below are two bicycles that were designed for two different purposes. The Victor Racer was designed for speed, while the Shelby Airflo bicycle was designed for cruising. Compare and contrast how these two bicycles were made and explore how new technologies impacted the style and use of the bicycle.

Explore the functionality of these two bicycles. One was used for racing while the other bicycle was invented for "cruising." Why would it be difficult to use the Shelby Airflo model for racing and the Victor Racer model for cruising?


Victor Racer 1888
Victor Racer: 1888.
Made by Overman Wheel Co.
(acquired from Veteran Wheelmen's Association, Phila.)
Shelby Airflo 1938
Shelby "Airflo" Model: 1938.
(acquired by Star Bicycle Co, Broad St., Phila.)

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