Science Facts–Fun Bicycle Facts

Check out our Fun Bicycle Facts for you and enjoy learning about bikes and cycling history.

Find information on different types of bicycles,brakes,pedals, tires, recreational cycling,professional cycling and much more.
Science Facts--Fun Bicycle Facts

  • Bicycles are human powered vehicles,typically featuring pedals,a seat,two wheels and a frame.
  • There are over one billion bicycles found throughout the world.
  • Bicycles are used for
    transport,recreation,competitive racing,courier delivery and a range of other tasks.
  • Competitive cycling includes track cycling
    inside velodromes,time trials,mountain biking,BMX and longer events such as the Tour de France.
  • The Tour de France was first held in 1903 and his since become the most famous cycling race in the world.Held over three
    weeks,the annually changing route goes through the Pyrenees and Alps before finishing in Paris.
  • Tandem bicycles are made to be ridden by two or
    more people.
  • Although unicycles(one
    wheel)and tricycles(three wheels)don’t have two wheels,they are sometimes still referred to as ‘bikes’.
  • The energy required to
    cycle at low to medium speeds is roughly the same as the energy required to walk.
  • Bicycles typically use a chain to transmit power to the rear wheel.
  • To get efficient use of their pedaling,cyclists use a high
    gear when going downhill,
    a medium gear on flat surfaces and a low gear when going uphill.

Science Facts--Fun Bicycle Facts

  • Different brake types include rim brakes,internal
    hub brakes and disc brakes.
  • Some bicycles feature
    suspension.This is especially common in mountain bikes where they are used to help deal with the vibration caused by uneven surfaces.
  • Road bikes typically have thinner tires inflated to higher pressures than those found on mountain bikes,taking advantage of the smoother surfaces that roads generally provide.
  • Before the word ‘bicycle’ become popular (coming from the French word ‘bicyclette’),bikes were typically called ‘velocipedes’.
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