I happened across a rather interesting brief history of the bicycle, as presented on the CNN website.
"From Boneshaker to BMX: 150 years of the bicycle."
It has some awesome photo illustrations, particularly from early on. In fact, I wonder if maybe some of them weren't staged in modern times. (The 1817 Draisine - did they even have cameras in 1817?) It appropriately points out how many innovations came about in the late 1800s, when bicycles were the leading edge of personal transportation.
(On a personal level, not a lot to report, or to get all excited about. We've had a particularly dreary January this year - with the sun rarely even making an appearance, and temperatures lingering below freezing. Hardly ideal for encouraging Bicycle Joy! But the pavement is dry, and I have ridden each day so far this winter... and warmer days are just around the corner!)