Bicycles – The Most Efficient Transportation Method Available
The Dandy Horse was the first tandem two-wheeled vehicle. The rider’s walking propelled it. The inventor of the first mechanically propelled bike remains a mystery, although some evidence points to a Scottish blacksmith around 1839, or a Frenchman who developed the Penny-Farthing.
In the 1860’s pedals were added to an enlarged front wheel.
Wire spoke wheels were introduced about 1869 followed by the rear wheel chain drive, and the tube seat. Pneumatic tires greatly improved comfort in 1888.
Oh my, how they changed our lives. . .
China – Subway Terminal
China claims to have over 425 million bicycle owners. It is their number one mode of transportation.
Very few of the bicycles pictured here have anti-theft locks.
Three bicycles crossing a highway in China—one is loaded with cargo. The bicycles and motorbikes wait in the striped area then cross when there is a gap in traffic.
Later, the same day, a bicyclist hauling several twenty-foot lengths of pipe in a traffic circle amazed us.
<< Coba, Mexico – Bike Rental Shop
The bikes outside the shop were used for parts.
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Commercialized biking – popularity growing rapidly at tourist destinations.
The fastest recorded speed on a bike is 83+ miles per hour.
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As a young boy at family gatherings, I recall listening to the men after a meal. The opinions around the subjects of politics, car brands, hippies, and rock n roll filled the room with energy like aromatic smoke from a pipe. When the story telling began everyone found a seat or patch of floor. We sat for hours absorbing the stories, fact or fiction, that shaped who we became and it strengthened our imaginations. Fifty years later I miss those times.
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