Video: How a Bicycle Was Made in 1945

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British Council Film recently posted the following 17-minute video on how a 1945 Raleigh bike was made. It's a pretty detailed period piece on the step-by-step assembly of a steel stag, complete with corny transition scenes.

The hand-drawn sketches and step-by-step factory process are a far cry from the construction of a custom carbon fiber frame today—personal measurements, computer drawn designs, lightweight epoxies, and hand-shaped materials. Modern custom carbon frame construction is detailed fairly well, though with much less detail and no actors, in this three-minute video—specifically made for a generation with a reduced attention span.

—Joe Spring

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