N.C. History on Two Wheels Exhibit Learn about North Carolina's bicycle history at our latest traveling exhibit, North Carolina History on Two Wheels. This exhibit highlights the early development, design, and impact of bicycles in North Carolina. The exhibit is free to the public and will remain open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 14 in the Ticket Sales Gallery. North Carolina History on Two Wheels is on loan from the N.C. Transportation Museum and the Museum of the Albemarle. We encourage guests who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 to wear a face covering. Exhibit History 19th Century Boneshaker Bicycle from ExhibitThe first bicycles were of wooden construction, from their frame to their wheels and later moved from wooden to iron elements. Bicycles evolved during the late 19th century and, by 1900, elements of modern bicycles had emerged. In the early 1900s, upgrades to bicycles during the “Safety Era” made them more sturdy, safe, and reliable modes of transportation with improvements to the seats, brakes, tires, and wheel spokes. Bicycles offered an option for exercise and faster transport than walking. They represented freedom for women, even though some feared they would lead to female corruption. Women pushed past the controversy to enjoy bicycles in all types and sizes, even joining clubs and participating in contests. The bicycle has stood the test of time as a healthy and enjoyable mode of transportation.