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Cycling, facts about the cycling

Facts about the cycling Modern bicycles

A bicycle race in England in 1875. Bicycles like these, with their large front and small back wheels, were called penny-farthing, after the large and small British coins of those names

Facts about the cycling:

Modern bicycles are designed for speed

As a pastime, cycling began on a popular scale in England in 1889 with the invention of the pneumatic tire and safety bicycle. It is now universally popular and many different types of machine are available.

Cycle racing dates back to a Velocipede race over two kilometers held in Paris, France, in 1868, and has since taken various popular forms on machines ranging from solo to multicycles, which carry three or more riders, on the road, across country (Cyclo-Cross), or on the track. In every case the motive power is supplied by the rider, or riders.

Track cycles do not have free-wheels, wing-nuts, brakes or similar accessories. Track circuits are specially constructed with hard surfaces and banked bends for races ranging from 440 yard sprints upwards for individual riders and teams.

Road races may be over any distance up to thousands of miles; an example of the latter being the famous annual 'Tour de France' which takes up to a month to complete. The highest speed ever achieved on a bicycle is 127-243 mph by Jose Meiffret of France using a 275-inch gear behind a windshield on a racing car. This was achieved at Freiburg, West Germany, in 1962. World amateur championships began in 1893, professional championships two years later.

 
 

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