Who Killed the Recumbent Bicycle?

The recumbent bicycle might have revolutionized the cycling world if not for the decision of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in the 1930s. The bike, which was ridden in a reclining position, was faster and more comfortable than the standard safety bicycle, but many racers viewed it as an impostor. Likely to protect the status quo, the UCI created a new definition for the bicycle that struck down the recumbent bike from being called a bike, killing its potential.
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