Flux S900 Shortrider
Fateba L1 Longrider
Street Machine Gt Shortrider
Roulandt Longrider
E-Motion California
Flyer C8
Diamond Frame Bicycles
MTB Kuwahara
Cyco Compact 28TR
Mobility Diary

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

Reinhold Niebuhr

Diamond Frame Bicycles

As I wrote in the recumbents page already, the diamond frame based bicycle were formerly known as "safty bicycle", as the common bicycles in 1880's were having a huge tail wheel (aka Higher Wheeler or Penny Farthing) which posed security risks due high fall height. John Kemp Starley then invented the safety bicycle, today also known as diamond frame bicycle - or these days also known as the common or ordinary bicycle. Due the primary shape of the frame it is labeled as Diamond Frame or DF bicycle.

Draisine by Karl von Drais (1817)
High Wheeler aka Penny Farthing (~1870)
John Kemp Starley's Safety Bicycle (1885)

UCI & Bicycle Innovation

In 1934 the world cyclist organization UCI banned the recumbents and kept sticking with the Starley's "safety bicycle" of 1885, and still does. By this ban the recumbents were out of all "cycling" competition UCI ruled, which made a significant dent in the further development of bicycles itself, and recumbents in particular. More history at Bicycle History .

My Diamond Frame (DF) Bicycles

MTB Kuwahara
my first bicycle I bought (1986)
Cycle Compact 28TR
trekking bicycle (2006, 2010)


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