Sunday, October 3, 2010
How About Some Bicycle Facts...?
We see them every day, but how much do we really know about the bicycle?
For something so common place, the bike has a pretty interesting history! When you think about how long the thing has been around, it has changed very little over the years in it's basic design.
Here is a bit of interesting history that you might find entertaining...
There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as motorcars. Almost 400 million bicycles are in China. Every year some 50 million bicycles and 20 million cars are produced.
Although Leonardo da Vinci drew some rough sketches of a contraption that looked like a bicycle, the Frenchman De Sivrac built the first bicycle-type vehicle in 1690. It was referred to as a hobbyhorse. However, it did not have pedals. Those were added in 1840 by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who is credited with inventing the real bicycle.
On a penny-farthing bicycle, one pedal gave the wheel one turn. A lot of pedaling was needed to get around! With the advent of gears, bicycles could move as fast as cars.
Air-filled tires were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.
The bicycle as we know it today with two wheels of the same size looks almost exactly the same as one from 1900.
The first five-seat bicycle, the quindem, was built in 1940.
The world speed record on a bicycle is held by John Howard, Olympic Cyclist and Ironman triathlon winner from the US. In 1985 he reached 245,08 km/h (152.2 mph), cycling in the slipstream of a specially designed car.
Well, there ya go! Probably more information than you ever wanted to know about the humble bicycle! Just a little some thing to ponder while share our morning cup!
Speaking of that, my friends, let's get a fresh cup and sit outside before the rain shows up again!