On a bike

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Fred A. Birchmore, 25, circled the globe by bicycle in 1935.  The entire trip, through Europe, Asia, and the United States, covered forty thousand miles.  He pedalled about 25,000 miles, travelling the remainder by boat.  He wore out seven sets of tires.    


Cycle ways

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In 1897 a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on an elevated bicycle toll-road planned to stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles, servicing the 30,000 cyclists in the Los Angeles region.  Only 1.25 miles of it was built.  Similar modern schemes include the 2004 Velo-city by Toronto architect Chris Hardwicke, Copenhagen’s 2012 […]


Bendy bike

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Industrial designer Kevin Scott has developed a bendable bicycle which can be folded around a lamp-post. http://www.techienews.co.uk/97331/kevin-scott%E2%80%99s-bendable-bike-design/    


Minty

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Bike polo was invented in 1891 by Irishman Richard Mecredy and by 1908 it had developed sufficiently to be shown as a demonstration sport in the London Olympics.  Played on grass or a hard court, it is a fast-growing global sport.    


It is now…

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Electric bikes are the fastest-growing sector of the cycle industry, able to complete distances of up to 50 miles on a single charge.    


Is it a bike?

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The first electric bikes were patented in the 1890s.  One 1897 model housed a double electric motor in the crankshaft resembling today’s crank-drive power systems.  In 1898 there was an electric bike with a belt-drive to the rear wheel, and in 1899 there was a rear roller-drive.    


Blood Bikes

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Since 1969, teams of volunteer riders have serviced hospitals as The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes: delivering blood, drugs, plasma, diagnostic specimens and even organs and body-parts


Tiring

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In the early days of bicycling changing a tire was a 3-hour job; involving gluing the new tyre to the wheel-rim and leaving it to dry overnight.    


Time travel

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The health benefits of cycling are remarkable: each hour cycling adds an hour to the average life expectancy, according to David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk.  “It’s almost as if time stands still while you’re cycling: you’re not getting any older.”


Leonardo’s bike

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A non-steerable two-wheeled velocipede appears on the pages of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1492 Codex Atlanticus.  Some attributed it to his pupil, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, but scholarly opinion now regards it as a recent forgery perpetrated during the manuscript’s restoration.  De Sivrac’s 1791 nonsteerable two-wheeler is likewise considered a fraud.  The first bicycle was actually the […]