Whippet spring frame bicycle, from England, 1888

The first bicycle with its current appearance.

The Whippet is the first bicycle where the user’s comfort has really been taken into account during the development stage. Earlier problems with steering, pedalling and proportions have meanwhile been solved, and inventors turn their attention to comfort. Suspension makes cycling more comfortable. At the same time, John Dunlop invents the rubber air-filled tyre as a replacement for the tyre made of solid rubber. In terms of appearance, this bicycle does not differ greatly from the bikes we ride today.