How are bikes made? In 1945? A film from the British Council helps us relive the experience of factory workers 70 years ago with a look at the machines, methods and process of bicycle making from start to finish. It’s a feast of machinery and manufacturing process at a time WWII was just ending, that will make you appreciate how the two-wheeled conveyance was made.

1945 Bicycle Manufacturing

From chains and gears to brackets and frames, you get a glimpse of the drawing office and the manufacturing floor where it all happened. This is the Raleigh bicycles factory in. One line you’ll love, “Steel is used because it is both strong and light in weight.” My, how things have changed.

Via Gizmodo. Thanks Butch!


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