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LOOKCITY: On The Baron Karl Von Draise’s Awesome Two-Wheeled Fashion Accessory


by Robyn Yager | Originating in Germany in the 1800’s, the draisine, as invented by Baron Karl von Draise, was constructed without pedals and ridden by pushing the bike around with the feet. It is largely thought of as the archetype of what we consider the bicycle today. Later on, Pierre Michaux created another version of the vehicle with the addition of a crank (pedals). The bicycle craze of the 1890’s followed shortly thereafter. It was known as the Golden Age of Bicycles, where coasting was made possible by the invention of the rear freewheel making riding more leisurely and casual.

In terms of social impact, the bicycle was an efficient way to travel and carry cargo. Save for a little pedal power, the machines were fuel independent. It even considered a symbol of emancipation for the ladies, allowing the adoption of more casual clothing so that riding a bike was an easier and more comfortable activity. Thank you, bicycle!

Today, we can see bikes nearly everywhere: in the rain, snow, sleet, mountains, on the track and in the streets. Not only is it a fast and less expensive form of transportation, it’s also a means to project one’s personal style. With so many types to choose from and so many different variations, colours and add-ons, a bike can express individual tastes in ways that most other “accessories” can’t.


Rides A Bike
Vancouver Cycle Chic
Bike Pretty
Momentum Mag


Super Champions (245 Main Street)
Ride On Again Bikes (2255 West Broadway)
The Bike Gallery (4433 West 10th Avenue)
La Bicicletta (233 West Broadway)
Different Bikes (1421 West Broadway)
Dream Cycle (1010 Commercial Drive)
Bike Doctor (137 West Broadway)
Our Community Bikes (3283 Main Street)
Mac-Talla (2626 East Hastings)


There are 2 comments

  1. And don’t forget Kissing Crows Cyclery (4562 Main Street).
    Josh built me a gorgeous city bike last summer that gets me to work, does the shopping and helps me home from the pub. Love that bike!

  2. Not to mention Jason and Joey-Lee at Gastown’s (soon Coal Harbour’s) Strada Cycles. Fantastic members of the cycling community, both, and great bikes to boot – from oldskool S/S steel to Italian carbon spaceships.