You spend your free time reading about the world of cycling, riding your bike, making roller hours. You get up, and you live thinking about the next exit, the adrenaline you’ll feel and the stress you’ll release. You think you know all about cycling, but the reality is that there are a lot of things you don’t know. And we’ll prove it to you.
- The Draisine, Predecessor of the Modern Bike.
We have to go back to Germany in 1817 when Karl von Drais invented a carriage that did not need a horse, and that helped him move quickly. This vehicle, known as “Draisine,” was composed of two wheels and was driven by pushing the ground with its feet and was the first predecessor of the modern bicycle.
- If There Are More Bicycles, the Streets Are Safer
The greater the number of cyclists on the streets, the safer they will be, even for motorists. In Oregon, the United States, between 1997 and 2007, the number of road accident deaths decreased from 46 to only 28 per year. During this same period, the number of bicycle trips quadrupled to 6% of all trips in the city.
Another widespread example is that of Amsterdam. In this case, the use of the bicycle increased by 45% between 1977 and 1997, while the number of cyclists who lost their lives decreased by 40%. If there are more cyclists, we become more visible, plus drivers would start changing their driving habits, and cities would invest in more cycling infrastructure, such as bike lanes.
- What Is a Bicycle Made of?
Most parts of a bicycle are in the chain. More than half of the pieces on a bike are in the chain, about 456 pieces. On the other hand, the rest of the bike consists of approximately 252 pieces. Some bikes have more parts than others; depending on how many speeds and their size, the number of links in the chain may vary.
- It Can Be a Very Fast Vehicle
The top speed recorded by bike was obtained by Fred Rompelberg, a Dutch cyclist who, in 1995, managed to pedal at 245 km/hr. following a dragster, a vehicle that cuts the air.
- The Best Network of Bike Lanes Is in Holland.
It is a very respectful country with this sport. The network of bike lanes was built from the 1970s, after the oil crisis and the demands of the people for safety and support for an environmentally friendly means of transport
- History Has Given Us Many Brave Cyclists
Gino Bartali has been one of the best Italian cyclists in the world. Also, during the Second World War in Italy, he was dedicated to delivering emails and documents that helped save the lives of many Jews.
- It Has Been a Great Element within Women’s Liberation.
At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, only a few women rode bikes because it was only taught in schools where the saddle had to be held by a monitor. Touching the saddle with a woman on top could give rise to all sorts of rumors at this time.
- Cycling Has Risen in Spain 39%
Currently, more bikes are sold than cars. According to data from Strava, the last year 2017, the Spanish got on the bike more than in 2016. In total, this social network for athletes registered 635 million kilometers on bicycles in our country, accumulating up to 8.3 billion meters of positive slope.