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Other bicycle facts:
If you’ve ever ridden a tandem bike, you know that it can be tricky to get one moving. So just imagine how hard it must have been to ride a bike that stretched for 135 feet and 10.7 inches, making it the longest bicycle in the world. Crafted by Santos and the University of South Australia in 2015, a group of cyclists did manage to ride the bike—which was much wider than normal in order to compensate for the length—over a distance of 100 meters.
Over 100 million bicycles are manufactured each year. But it appears everyone is dusting off an old bicycle stored in the garage, in an effort to get some exercise during this pandemic. China has over half a billion!
Seven out of eight people in the Netherlands, over the age of 15, have a bicycle!
There are over a billion bicycles being used around the world. There are twice as many bicycles in the world than cars.
Bicycles save over 238 million gallons of gasoline yearly.
Daily 16 kilometer ride (10 miles) burns 360 calories, saves up to 10 euros of budget and saves the environment from 5 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions that are produced by cars.
First cyclist that drove his bicycle around the world was Fred A. Birchmore. He pedaled for 25,000 miles and traveled other 15,000 miles by boat. He wore out 7 sets of tires. But I am not sure of his exact route over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The U.S. is home to over 400 cycling clubs. Fresno has one too!
In 2018, American cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek set a new “bicycle speed in slipstream” record of 183.9 mph (296 kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Mueller-Korenek didn’t just break the record, she smashed it—the previous longstanding mark (set in 1995) was 167 mph. To put this in perspective, Tour de France cyclists can hit around 62 mph when descending.
Lasting 21 days and over 3,000 kilometers, the Tour de France is one of the most grueling athletic events in the world. But while the mileage alone is impressive, so too is the diet of these professional cyclists. Each rider consumes between 5,000 to 7,000 calories every day, depending on the length and demands of the stage. Now that’s a lot of pasta!
Half of all the parts on a bicycle are in the chain!
If the number of cyclists was tripled, the rate of motorist-bicyclist accidents would be cut in half.
Again, I see many of you have dusted off your bicycles, and are riding to get some exercise. One word of advice: Please wear a helmet!!! One third of non-fatal bicycle injuries are to the head. Three-fourths of fatal bicycle crashes involved a head injury. Nearly all who died (97%) were not wearing a helmet!