I am the recent recipient of McMaster’s 2012 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. It’s a nice sum of money to develop research in tandem with undergraduate teaching. My proposal was geared towards tinkering with my newfound research interest in bicycles, and especially investigating what an environmental history of the bicycle would look like. I have yet to properly frame the project, but I’m excited about its potential, and will write about in more detail in due course. One of the other benefits, however, has been the number of obscure online materials friends and colleagues have sent my way. Yesterday, I received this incredible video from Wyatt Galusky:
This is a 1945 offering from the British Film Council. The date strikes me as fairly significant. Raleigh’s history is also rather interesting. The company began operations in the late nineteenth century, and shortly after World War II, they began to develop lighter and sportier road frames (note the discussion of steel strength and weight in the video).