A bike or cycle is probably most commonly know as a “bicycle” and goes back over 200 years when In 1817 the first two-wheeled bicycle was invented by a German professor, baron Karl von Drais.
In the 1800’s an Englishman, John Kemp Starley, created a Safety cycle, and it was named the “Rover Safety” because it was safer than the "Ordinary" (normally a Penny Farthing) which used to cartwheel and throw the rider over the large front wheel at sharp stops.
“Rover Safety” had equal sized wheels made of solid rubber, and the rear wheel was chain-driven for more control, then along come John Boyd Dunlop's pneumatic tires that had inner-tubes filled with air, excellent for shock absorption.
Thereafter, there have been many improvements and bicycles throughout the world have become very popular they currently far exceed the number of cars on the road, with some 800 million bicycles outnumbering cars by two to one, and are the main form of transport in many countries through out the world.
They provide an ideal form of exercise, especially if you have osteoarthritis, because cycling is a low-impact exercise that places little stress on joints, it improves strength, balance and coordination.
Pollution free, cycling also burns calories, and great for the major muscle groups in the legs, a cyclist is expected to burn about 35 calories a mile.
Bikes come in many shapes, styles, and sizes and most designed especially for their intended use? i.e. either racing, all-terrain, unicycles, tricycles, tandems, male or female, folding and electric, the list of variants are enormous.
It is important and helpful when a cyclist chooses a bike suitable for its intended use and not only just for safety, maybe it will be used for cycling over mountains, whereby, gears would be very helpful, or cycling only on city roads, in which case a folding cycle may be more suitable as it can then be carried and stored on trains, busses & airplanes, it would probably also have narrow wheels, less than 25 mm wide and a much lighter than a mountain bike or you may want to cycle with another on a tandem which is made for two people, which has two pairs of pedals. The cyclists sit one behind the other, the cyclist in front steers the bicycle. (there was a bicycle made for 40 people once) or you may be thinking about a recumbent bicycle that places the cyclist in a sitting back reclining position, usually the cyclist chooses this design for ergonomic and comfortable reasons. We think that choosing a bike is a very personal choice, We have chosen the two bikes above from a very large number of choices as practical to use, sturdy with gears and one also has extra spring suspension.
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