Fascinating Facts about Cycling That I Bet You Didn’t Know
11 Facts about Cycling
If, you don’t belong to that ‘handful number’ of people’s category, here help yourself:
- The first ever constructed bicycles were made of wood. They were extremely popular in the beginning but, soon the popularity came to an end when the number of accidents went out of control. The situation got so worse that wooden bikes were literally banned by the police! Thankfully, the bike manufacturers shifted from wood to better materials.
- The AeroVelo bike is the fastest bike till date which can reach to an outstanding speed of 85.71 miles per hour. This aerodynamic bike is light in weight and shaped like a bullet which is completely enclosed. The rider lies inside the bike, almost horizontally and pedal the bike hard to push it forward.
- The Butterfly Bike which was also known as the ‘Trek Madone’ designed by Damien Hirst is the most expensive bike in the world which was sold at a whopping price of $500,000 in an auction at Sotheby’s. The bike was considered to be rare and a valuable piece of art.
- The longest ever tandem bicycle in terms of riders was 67 feet in length and was crafted to seat 35 cyclists. The bike was claimed to weigh as much as a Volkswagen.
- In terms of length, the longest tandem bicycle was over 137 feet in length and weighed around 2.5 tonnes. The bicycle could seat 20 riders and be designed by an Australian. The bike entered the world’s book of records as the world’s longest bike.
- On an average, a person can cycle three times faster than he/she can walk while using the same amount of energy. Fascinating, right?
- A bike is capable of staying upright on its own provided that the bicycle is moving at speed not less than 8 miles per hour!
- The five-seater bike known as the ‘quindem’ was first built in the year 1940.
- The world’s largest rideable bicycle was designed by a German cyclist, Didi Senft which featured wheels of 10 feet 9.92 inches in diameter.
- Cycling being the most popular thing in China most people prefer bikes over any other transport. Because of this, there are more than 400 million bikes in China today.
- There are over one billion cycles in the world which are twice the number of motor cars present in the world.
The one thing that can be derived from these facts is that cycles have been around since for quite long and it happens to be one of the most popular modes of transportation for people all over the world.