5 Fun Facts About Bicycles

One of the most efficient ways to get around is by using a bicycle. Not only do they have no impact on the environment, but they also give good exercise. It’s no wonder that they are one of the most popular forms of transportation. But whether you’re a bike enthusiast or a casual rider, there are some interesting facts about bicycles. From their history to their use, let’s take a look at 5 fun facts about bicycles.
 
1) Originally, bicycles used to look very different. Today, when we think of a bicycle, we think of a vehicle with 2 wheels of about the same size. In the beginning, however, bicycles used to have a very large front wheel and a tiny rear one. “High wheelers”, as they used to be called, didn’t use a chain, as the pedals were connected directly to the front wheel. Invented in the late 1800s, these were the first machines to be considered bicycles. While not very fast (or easy to mount), these bikes are to thank for all that came after.
2) Bicycles are more popular than cars in some cities. That’s right, there are places where more people would prefer to bike rather than drive. Places like Copenhagen. The reasons for this are obvious. Bicycles are better for the environment, they are less prone to causing traffic, and they are fun to use. Copenhagen isn’t alone, as there are many more cities in Europe and all across the world that are adopting the bicycle as the preferred method of transportation. When you factor in that over 15 bicycles can fit into a single parking space, you can see why the preference, especially in crowded cities.
3) The energy needed to travel at medium speed on a bike is about the same as walking. This makes bicycles one of the most efficient ways to get around. One can travel over four times as fast as they would if they were walking all while using roughly the same effort. And let’s not forget that bicycles also can make it easier to carry things along with you. All in all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more efficient way of getting around.
4) The most famous bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France, is over 110 years old! The Tour de France was first held in 1903 and is still going strong today. With over 3 billion people watching each year, this 2,000+ mile race remains as one of the world’s most popular sporting events.
5) There are over 8 types of typical bicycles used. As the types of terrain and use cases will vary, there need to be bicycles made for specific conditions. There are lightweight road bikes that specialize in getting you around quickly on pavement. There are mountain bikes that typically come with suspension and durable tires and frames. Electric bikes, fitness bikes, fat bikes…you get the idea. No matter what the circumstances, there exists a bike that was made to handle it – read article on bicycle safety rules of the road.