History of Cycling
The first bicycles were made in the early 19th century, and they were called “velocipedes.” The first velocipede was made by a Frenchman named Pierre Michaux in 1818. It was a wooden machine with two wooden wheels connected by a wooden frame. The front wheel was larger than the rear wheel, and the rider sat on a seat between the two wheels.
The velocipede had pedals on the front wheel so the rider could make the wheel turn. The velocipede was not very popular at first. But in the 1860s, a new type of velocipede was invented. This new velocipede had iron wheels, and it was called the “boneshaker.”
The boneshaker was much more popular than the wooden velocipede. But it was also very uncomfortable to ride because of the way the iron wheels bounced on the road. In 1885, a new type of bicycle was invented. It was called the “safety bicycle.”
The safety bicycle had two equal–sized wheels, and it was much easier to ride than the boneshaker. The safety bicycle became very popular, and it is the type of bicycle that we still use today. The first Tour de France was held in 1903. It is a long–distance bicycle race that goes around France.
The race is held every year, and it is one of the most famous bicycle races in the world. Bicycles have been used for racing and recreation for many years. But in the last few years, there has been a new use for bicycles.
Bicycles are now being used for transportation. In many cities, there are special lanes for bicycles, and more and more people are riding bicycles to work or to run errands. Bicycles are a healthy, fun, and environmentally–friendly way to get around. And they have a long and interesting history.