Silver cyclists

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Bikeology blog | No Comments

A 2013 pilot study into the effects of bicycling on the elderly, showed that participants who had cycled in the last month performed significantly better on measures of decision time and response time.  Cycling at least one hour a week was associated with significant improvements, improving risk factors for falls.


Cardboard bicycle

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Cardboard bicycle

In 2012 Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni created a prototype cardboard bicycle.  The design requires no metal parts; with even the brake mechanism and pedal bearings made from recycled substances, waterproofed with lacquer paint.  Though sceptics doubted the bike’s feasibility, it is now available to pre-order on crowd-funding website Indiegogo.  Once the bike reaches mass production, […]


Last ride?

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Last ride?

An Oregon funeral home offers natural burials, where the casket is transported to the cemetery on the trailer of a three-wheeled bicycle.  Wade Lind, funeral director of Sunset Hills, bicycles the bodies personally and has a waiting list for the service.


24 million

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Nearly 24 million bicycles have been produced in 2014 so far.


A billion bikes

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A billion bikes

It is estimated that more than a billion bicycles are present in the world, nearly half of them being in China.


Tricks

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Trick cycling was introduced by Ancillotti (Italy) in 1868 and, in 1904, at the Barnum Bailey Circus, one of the Ancillotti Troupe did a world first, riding down a ramp which looped the loop. At the head of the loop was a 3.3 m (10 ft) gap across which the rider leapt while upside down […]


Cycling under water…

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Cycling under water…

The world record for longest distance cycling under water without oxygen is 67.60 metres (221’ 9.41”), set by Fabio Falla (Italy) at Centro Sportivo Alba Marina on 28 August 2013.


Backwards?

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Backwards?

The current world record for backward cycling was set in 2004 by Darl Bonnema (USA).  He completed 180.177 km (111.956 miles) backwards on a bicycle in 24 hours at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida (19-20 November 2004).   The world record for backward cycling on a unicycle is held by USA’s Steve Gordon.  […]


So how?

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How a bike works mystifies even scientists.  Taking into account the angles of the headset and the forks, the distribution of weight and the handlebar turn, the gyroscopic effect – the force of its spinning wheels – is not enough to keep a bike upright.


A French classic

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Bikeology blog | No Comments
A French classic

 Jour de Fête Jour de Fête (“The Big Day”) is a 1949 French comedy film directed by Jacques Tati. Jour de Fête tells the story of an inept and easily distracted French mailman who frequently interrupts his duties to converse with the local inhabitants, as well as inspect the traveling fair that has come to his small community. Influenced by too much […]