A Tribute to the Bicycle: 8 Articles for Cyclists or Aspiring Cyclists

A Tribute to the Bicycle: 8 Articles for Cyclists or Aspiring Cyclists

The bicycle was invented in 1775 by Englishman John Nicholson. It was originally designed to transport coal from one place to another. By 1814, it had been adapted into a practical means of transportation, which allowed people to travel further distances than ever before. In fact, there were so many cyclists that they created their own term for them – “bicycle messengers”.

Cycling is not just a way of getting around town anymore; it’s become part of our culture. And while some might argue that riding your bike is dangerous, others would say that it’s safer than driving. There are even those who believe that cycling is healthier than other forms of exercise like running or swimming because you don’t have to worry about traffic jams, pollution, or other dangers associated with cars.

In any case, cycling has its advantages and disadvantages. Some people ride bikes because they enjoy the feeling of speed and freedom that comes along with being able to move at high speeds. Others use bicycles for recreation, commuting, or simply to get around town without having to drive anywhere.

Some people think that riding a bike is just something you do when you’re bored or tired. But if you look at how many people actually cycle regularly (as opposed to just occasionally), then it becomes clear that cycling isn’t just for lazy days off. In fact, people ride bicycles for a lot of reasons. Maybe you’re tired of being stuck in traffic while everyone else is sitting in their cars.

Perhaps you want to stay in shape but don’t have the time or money to go to the gym.

For some people, riding a bike is more than just something they do for fun, it’s something that they love doing and are passionate about. It’s a way of life. If you don’t believe it, then just go to any group ride on any weekend. You’ll see hundreds of cyclists riding in a large group either going really fast or collapsing on the side of the road trying to catch their breath.

We all have different opinions on what we like and dislike about bikes, and that’s all a part of the fun! If you get into cycling, then you’ll start noticing that everyone has different preferences on what they wear, what kind of bike they ride, and what gear they use while riding.

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As fun as it is to just go out on your own and cycle, there are other activities that you can do to make your rides more interesting. Some people like to go mountain biking or even downhill mountain biking on paths and trails. Others enjoy bike polo or BMX. And then there are those who just like to go on leisurely rides through the country without having to worry about cars or pedestrians.

Whatever it is that you enjoy doing on your bike, you can be sure that there are other people who feel the same way and have their own opinions on what they like to do while riding. You’ll meet cyclists who rave about gravel cycling and swear that it’s the best way to get around. Others will say that riding on the road is completely different from riding on a track or a path and is the best way to test yourself.

If you’re just starting out, then you probably won’t have too many strong feelings about what you like and dislike. Most people don’t. It’s only after you’ve been doing it for a while that you start to pick up opinions on the subject. This is especially true if you’re with a group of fellow cyclists who are much more experienced and can influence your thoughts about what you like and dislike.

No matter where your interests lie, there are plenty of things that you can do and places you can go. If you’re the adventurous type, then maybe you’ll cycle around the world.

The good thing about cycling is that it doesn’t matter where you start, so you can choose to stay local and just go around your city if you want to. It’s all up to you and there isn’t a wrong or right answer when it comes to choosing where to ride, as long as you’re out having a good time!

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STARTING OUT

So you’ve decided to start riding your bike. That’s great! Now you just need to figure out what kind of rider you’re going to be.

What is it that you want to do?

The choices are pretty much endless so it can be a little overwhelming at first, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you decide what is the best starting point for you.

If you just want to lose weight and get in shape, then we recommend just going out on some leisurely rides to begin with. Go at a speed that you’re comfortable with and don’t worry about how far you go. The main thing is that you’re out there enjoying yourself, getting exercise, and having fun. Soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to not ride a bike in the first place.

If you want to get a little more serious, then we recommend joining a cycling club or group that holds organized rides. These are like the ones that you may have seen professionals participate in. They will usually have set routes that you will follow and they can be of various lengths of time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newcomer to cycling or have been riding your whole life, there will always be something for you.

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Joining one of these groups is a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends who also share your passion for the sport.

If you want to take things to the next level, then you can join a competitive cycling team. These are groups that train hard and compete in races all the time. If this sounds like you, then you’re either going to need to have some serious cycling experience under your belt or be ready to put the work in and train hard.

No matter what level of rider you are, cycling is an activity that you can always aspire to do better and achieve more in. There will always be another mountain to climb and new goals to achieve. So get out there and enjoy yourself!

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RIDING SKILLS

Whether you’ve been riding for years or are just getting started, it never hurts to brush up on your skills. There are a lot of different things you can do when you’re out on a ride, and we’ll cover the basics so you look like a pro no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

TURNOVERS

This is a common one for a lot of cyclists to have trouble with. It isn’t easy turning your bike around, especially when you only have a limited amount of space in which to do it. The best way to get over this fear is to practice, practice, practice!

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Find somewhere that you can ride your bike where there are obstacles and then try to turn around in as little space as possible. It is also a good idea to wear a backpack with some weight in it so that you can get used to turning around and not running into whatever is behind you.

This skill will help you out in the long run as you won’t have to worry about always having to go around things. You can just go over or through them!

JUMPING

This is one of the most exciting things you can do on a bike. Just be sure to never jump anything you’re not comfortable with as crashes can lead to serious injury. Always wear protective gear when you’re jumping and never try anything excessively large. Always keep in mind that this is supposed to be fun, so don’t risk your safety for the thrill of it.

Some ideal jumps are curbs, small ditches, and small stairs if you come across any. If you’re in an area that has some trees, you can even jump small piles of wood. Just don’t jump off of anything that is too high as this can really lead to some unfortunate accidents.

PEDAL CARS

Every kid wants to ride their bike off of jumps and go as fast as they can, but there comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to stop doing this for their own safety.

As we get older, most of us give up our thrill-seeking habits in exchange for a desk job. However, some people never lose that child-like desire for excitement and danger, which is why they turn to a past time that lets them live on the wild side without getting themselves into too much trouble—pedal cars.

Yes, pedal cars are just what they sounds like. They are one-person vehicles that you pedal to make move. They aren’t your average bicycles with a little seat on them, though. These are specially designed with lots of metal and plastic to protect their drivers in case of an accident.

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Using these you can race around your neighborhood creating the same thrilling experiences you had when you were younger without any of the risks!

The first pedal cars were made in the 1920s and have been popular among adults as well as children ever since. You can buy your own relatively inexpensively or even rent them out at some locations. Don’t worry about looking silly either; everyone will be having too much fun to care!

Whether you’re a daredevil of the tracks or just want to take it a little slower and enjoy the sights, there’s always something fun to do on four wheels.

Enjoy the thrill of biking without risking life and limb with these four wheeled alternatives!

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