14 short facts about the bicycle

Posted on Jan 17, 2021      189

The bicycle is the favorite vehicle of our childhood. If you didn’t have a bicycle as a child, we feel sorry for you. But the bicycle is not as simple as it sounds. And as an adult, you will surely be able to appreciate all the charms of cycling. If you still have not done so. And our next selection of interesting facts about bicycles, we hope, will help you in this.

Interesting facts about bicycles

The bicycle and your time

1. A bicycle can often get you where you need to go much faster than you can in a car or on public transport. Especially for moving short to medium distances around the city during rush hours.

2. Researchers at the University of North Carolina (USA) have found out. People who bike 30 minutes a day, five days a week, spend on average, half as much time on sick leave per year as those who commute by automobile.

3. With a bicycle, you don’t have to spend a lot of time searching for suitable parking. After all, you can simply strap your bike to a fence, a tree, or a special bike parking rack. Or, in a pinch, you can take it indoors with you.

Bicycle and health

As you can probably guess, recreational cycling, like any other moderate physical activity, is good for your health. But let’s look at exactly what scientists have been able to establish.

4. The British Heart Foundation (oh, those British scientists!) provided these results of their research. If you ride a bicycle only 30 km a week, half reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Compared to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. 30 km. - is a negligible distance that can be ridden leisurely in an hour and a half. The Foundation estimates that physical activity, of which cycling is an outstanding example, can help avoid about 10 thousand fatal heart attacks a year (for England).

5. Bicycling is much safer for your body than jogging. Running puts a constant shock load on your joints, spine, and internal organs. This is especially uncomfortable if you are in your early 20s. Cycling is safe to exercise, even at 100 years of age. If you are lucky enough to live up to it in your right mind and with a lively body.

6. The American Foundation for Healthy Recreation compiled these statistics. The average American sheds about five and a half pounds in the first year of cycling to work.

7. The lung volume of people who ride a bicycle all the time is larger not only compared to that of the average person, but even compared to other sports. Pro cyclists have a lung volume of 8 liters compared to 6 liters for someone who lives a passive lifestyle. It also adapts the circulatory system in professional cyclists to the increased oxygen demand of the body. The suction capacity of the lungs, the level and quality of hemoglobin in the blood, the trained heart - all this allows the body to pump up to 7 liters of oxygen per minute instead of 3-4 liters for normal people.

Economical bicycle

8. It costs about twenty times less to maintain and care for a mid-range bicycle than it does to maintain a mid-range car.

9. One car parking space can accommodate up to 20 regular bikes and up to 42 folding bikes.

10. Paradox: rich Englishmen, on average, 2.5-3 times more bike than poor people. The poor prefer public transportation.

11. When riding a bicycle at an average speed of 20-25 km/h, our body burns an average of about 600 calories per hour. It takes the same amount of energy to ride a bicycle three times as fast as to walk or run.

History of the bicycle

12. The world’s first bicycle was designed by German mechanic Baron Carl von Drese in 1818. Nowadays we do not call what the Baron created a bicycle, but a bicycle runner. It had no pedals, and the vehicle was propelled by pushing his feet off the ground.

13. Europeans liked the invention of von Drese and everyone thought about improving it? In 1840, the Scotsman Kirkpatrick Macmillan added pedals to the rear wheel, rigidly attached to its axle. One can only imagine how the cyclist had to twist them to turn them and to control the steering wheel that stretched from the front wheel.


Bicycle - Baron von Drese's first bicycle

14. Inflatable bicycle tires were invented by Englishman Thompson in the mid-1840s. But to establish their mass production failed because of imperfections in technology. Because of this, even in the 1880s, cyclists kept chipping away at their soft spots on tireless bicycles.

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