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Invention day

Dec. 10, 1845: The Pneumatic Tire, an Idea Ahead of Its Time

"...It would be another 40 years before the pneumatic tire reappeared, this time "reinvented" by John Boyd Dunlop, who claimed later to have no knowledge of Thompson's work. The timing was right for Dunlop; the bicycle was popular and his tire did a lot to enhance that popularity, again by providing a much smoother ride.

"Dunlop's tire remained the industry standard for half a century, until the appearance of the bias ply tire."
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