National Bicycle Day

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's National Bicycle Day! Get ready to pedal your way through all the fun and excitement this day has to offer. Whether you're a casual rider or a hardcore cycling enthusiast, National Bicycle Day is the perfect opportunity to embrace the joy of two wheels and explore the world around you.

When is Bicycle Day?

It's national bicycle day on the 19th April.

The Internet History of National Bicycle Day

Did you know that National Bicycle Day was first celebrated on April 19, 1865? Yeah, it's been around for quite a while! This special day was established to commemorate the bicycle as a mode of transportation, a symbol of freedom, and a source of fitness and fun.

Back in the day, the internet wasn't a thing (shocking, we know). So, the celebration of National Bicycle Day was more of a local phenomenon. People would gather in parks, ride around town, and organize small events to promote the benefits of cycling.

Fast forward to the age of the internet, and National Bicycle Day has experienced a major boost in popularity. Thanks to social media and online communities, cyclists from all over the world can connect, share their love for biking, and organize massive group rides like never before. It's a global celebration of the joy and freedom that comes from pedaling our way through life.

Bike Your Way to Happiness

Why is cycling so awesome? Well, not only does it get you from point A to point B, but it also brings a whole bunch of benefits along for the ride. Let's take a look at some of them:

  • Fitness and Health: Cycling is a great way to stay active and improve your overall fitness. It's a low-impact exercise that gets your heart pumping and strengthens your muscles.
  • Eco-Friendly Transportation: Ditch the car and hop on your bike! Cycling reduces your carbon footprint and helps protect the environment.
  • Exploration and Adventure: Biking allows you to explore new places, discover hidden gems, and take the path less traveled. It's all about embracing the journey and enjoying the scenery.
  • Community and Connection: The cycling community is a tight-knit bunch. Bonding over shared interests and riding together creates meaningful connections and lifelong friendships.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the world record for the longest bicycle ride in 24 hours is a whopping 1,207.5 miles? That's like cycling from New York City to Miami and then some! Talk about pedal power!

History behind the term 'Bicycle'


The Draisine

In 1817, the first two-wheeled human-propelled machine was invented by Karl Drais, a German baron. This contraption, known as the Draisine, had no pedals and relied on the rider pushing their feet against the ground to propel themselves forward. Although it lacked the pedals and drivetrain of a modern bicycle, the Draisine was a significant step in the development of the bicycle.


The Velocipede

The year 1865 marked the introduction of the Velocipede, also known as the 'boneshaker.' It featured pedals attached directly to the front wheel, allowing riders to propel themselves forward more efficiently. The design still lacked gears, and the iron wheels made for a bumpy ride, earning it the nickname 'boneshaker.' Despite its discomfort, the Velocipede quickly gained popularity among enthusiasts.


The Penny Farthing

In 1870, the Penny Farthing, named after the British penny and farthing coins due to its large front wheel and small rear wheel, became the iconic symbol of an age of cycling. This high-wheeled bicycle allowed riders to cover greater distances with each pedal revolution. However, mounting and dismounting the Penny Farthing was a challenge due to its extreme height, leading to many accidents and injuries.


The Safety Bicycle

The year 1888 marked a revolutionary step in bicycle design with the introduction of the 'safety bicycle.' This design featured two wheels of equal size, chain-driven by pedals connected to a crankshaft. The safety bicycle provided a much more stable and comfortable ride compared to previous models and significantly increased its popularity. This design laid the foundation for modern bicycles as we know them today.


Pneumatic Tires

In 1890, John Boyd Dunlop, a Scottish inventor, introduced pneumatic tires for bicycles. This technological advancement replaced the solid rubber tires used at the time. Pneumatic tires greatly improved the comfort and shock absorption, enhancing the overall riding experience. The invention of the pneumatic tire revolutionized not only bicycles but also the automotive industry.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world record for the longest bicycle ride in 24 hours is a whopping 1,207.5 miles?


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