Thursday, 31 March 2011

Two Wheels Good

A new paying attention label – Bicycle.

Pictured here is me and my Dawes Road Runner, surely the finest present I ever received off my parents. A few years ago I gave it to the younger brother of a friend of mine and I'm pretty sure he didn't appreciate it. (I heard he went on to father twins at the age of 15 so I guess he had his hands full from then on anyway. Should have stayed on the bike). Anyway, there's so many bicycle related things happening, as always, that I want to start collecting them together. So let's start with a definition and a beautiful quote to get us going:

A bicycle, also known as a bike, pushbike or cycle, is a pedal-driven, human-powered, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A person who rides a bicycle is called a cyclist or a bicyclist.

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.
Elizabeth West

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