Presentation by Tristan Thielmann at the History of Navigation Conference, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 24–25 May 2018
At the end of the 19th Century, the bicycle is a medium of land development, connection, sensing and routing. This presentation demonstrates this based on the League of American Wheelmen bulletins that were published between 1880 and 1901. The enquiry shows that the bicycle constitutes a rural geomedia since the first cyclists regarded themselves as land surveyors. Furthermore, the bicycle, as a vehicle that is connected to an individual, links the starting and end points of a route – without stops on the way and without changing vehicles. This continuity of movement is a highly essential property of the medium ‘bicycle’.