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How a Bicycle Is Made

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All you ever wondered about how handlebars are bent, why mudguards exist, and where lubricant comes from.

The bicycle is indisputably one of humanity’s greatest inventions — a feat of design and engineering, a royal mode of transportation, a global canvas for art, a metaphor for computers, a vehicle for both subjugating and emancipating women. But how, exactly, does a bicycle come to life? This wonderful 1945 short film from the British Council traces the process of how a Raleigh bicycle is made, from raw material to the intricacies of craftsmanship.

Careful designing, reliable materials, and expert craftsmanship in every stage of manufacture turn out a British bicycle second to none.

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