Its interesting to view the plethora of transformations the bicycle has gone through to smooth out the rocky roads of the 1800s and the earlier 1900’s. A time when most American roads were dirt and muddy, connecting to the paved cobbled streets of the major cities. The smooth asphalt roads didn’t come about until the auto age. There was surge of ideas from inventors for the bike to navigate and maneuver the jarring roads; from cushioned and pneumatic tires, to spring and suspension saddles. One of the earliest suspensions was an idea from Charles L. Travis, patented July 21, 1896. This device was merely a compressed spring behind the seat post. Mr. Travis continued to perfect his design...and a few months later he had employed compressed air with his spring mechanism.