Bicycle Spokes, Used by the Wright Brothers, Dayton, Ohio, circa 1900

Summary

The Wright brothers opened their first bicycle shop in 1892, and started building their own cycles under the Van Cleve and St. Clair brand names in 1896. The design and machining skills they gained from their bicycles -- as well as the modest profits -- enabled the brothers' later efforts to build the first successful heavier-than-air, powered aircraft in 1903.

The Wright brothers opened their first bicycle shop in 1892, and started building their own cycles under the Van Cleve and St. Clair brand names in 1896. The design and machining skills they gained from their bicycles -- as well as the modest profits -- enabled the brothers' later efforts to build the first successful heavier-than-air, powered aircraft in 1903.

Artifact

Bicycle Spoke

Date Made

circa 1900

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2012.127.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 9.75 in

Length: .75 in

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