Love Biking? We bet you didn't know this...
Bicycling has been around for a while, but over the years, a lot has changed. There have been some major re-designs, events, and people you would not expect that influenced the modern-day bike. Not to mention a few weird stories!
1. The Wright Brothers
Before they had their heads in the clouds, Orville and Wilbur Wright were best known for owning and operating a local bicycle shop in Dayton Ohio. Orville once won a bike race, and received a rocking chair .
2. Been around the world, don't speak the language...
Fred A Birchmore was an American adventurer form Georgia who once travelled around the world on his bike, which he named Bucephalus. Bucephalus currently resides in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.
3. made in china
There are so many bikes in China - over half a billion, to be exact. In the US, there are just over 100 million bikes. The first text about a bicycle in China appears in 1860 - and the county is now the Bicycle Capital of the world!
4. Founding Father
Karl von Drais, a German inventor in the early 1820s, invented the predecessor of the modern day bicycle - he called it the Laufsmaschine (running machine). It was the first recorded machine that resembled the modern day bike!
5. Huge Numbers!
Worldwide, over 100 million bicycles are manufactured across all manufacturers - that's a significantly larger amount than the 42 million cars that are produced each year!
6. Fast and Furiously
Even though there is not technical speed limit for bikes in the UK, if you're pedaling at a speed that a peace officer deems "too fast," you can be charged and tried with "cycling furiously". Imagine that!
7. Invasion of the Bikes
During WWII, the Japanese military invaded a large portion of the country of Malaysia via bicycle. This was simply because it was easier to cover more ground via bike than by foot.
8. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
UPS was a company founded by two friends in 1907 - James Casey, and Claude Ryan. They borrowed $100, bought bikes, and made their ways. Most packages at the time were delivered by foot, so bikes were a revolutionary idea for that era.
9. Sweden - the land of the free.
Sweden is considered by many cyclists to be the perfect country for biking - the weather is perfect, and the infrastructure is literally built to accommodate for cyclists!
10. Fastest Bicycle In Town
Students from the University of Toronto build the world's fastest pedal bicycle - although it doesn't really look like a bike you or I would ride. It's shaped like a bullet, and managed to reach a top speed of 86.65 MPH!