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15 Weird but Wonderful Facts You Didn’t Know About Cycling

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Lesser known facts about cycling you didn't know (until now)
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Lesser known facts about cycling you didn’t know (until now)

The rich history and quirky details about the ultimate two-wheeled companion is about to be revealed in this article. If you identify as a cycling aficionado, scroll down.

There is something about cycling that cannot be enjoyed through any other form of transport. Exploring rough terrain, riding bike trails or just  casually cycling through the urban landscape at your own pace while soaking in the scenery is hard-pressed to be experienced by cars or even motorbikes. 

This justifies why the popularity of cycling still persists to this day. If anything, its demand has only increased over the years and not dwindled. Let’s explore some lesser known yet interesting facts about cycling that will rekindle your love for this beloved sport.

The First Bikes Were Made Out Of Wood Only

Although nearly impossible to believe, the first bikes were made of wood. These were considered a revolutionary invention, gaining popularity among the masses. However, soon accidents from these impractical, heavy and on-aerodynamic cycles began piling up to the point that they were banned. Fortunately, we now have bikes that are durable, reliable, and safe. 

The Fastest Human Powered Vehicle was a Bike

Reaching a staggering 85.71 miles/hr or 138 km/hr, the AeroVelo speed bike has been dubbed the fastest human powered vehicle thanks to its enclosed bullet shaped model.

The light aerodynamic design allows the rider to cycle horizontally and pedal with as much force as possible to move forward.

The World’s Most Expensive Bike Costs $500,000

The Butterfly Bike designed by Damien Hirst is the only kind made of real butterfly wings. This piece of art was sold in an auction for an impressive $500,000 making it the world’s most expensive bike.

The Longest Ever Tandem Bicycle Could Seat 35 Cyclists

The longest ever tandem bike was around 67m and could carry 35 cyclists at a time. However, the longest tandem bike in terms of length was built by the University of South Australia in conjunction with the Santos company. At 135 ft and 10.5 inches, this bike was able to move for more than 100m without the riders touching the ground.

Cycling is Three Times Faster Than Walking

Yes, this fact is true. In fact, you will be using the same amount of energy in both cases but will travel faster by cycling. This makes it an efficient transport choice both in terms of speed and environment. And now with faster electric bikes in the equation, you can easily commute to work without being drenched in sweat as well as save on costs.

Bikes Can Stay Upright on Their Own

Bikes have a built-in steering mechanism that aid in maintaining their stability on its own. This is why you don’t necessarily need a rider to keep the bike upright. Moreover, while in motion, a speed of 8 mph or faster is sufficient to keep the bike upright at all times.

The First Bicycle Type Vehicle Was Built In 1690

A popular misconception is that the originator of the bicycle was Leonardo Di Vinci given early sketches of a similar contraption among his possessions. In fact, it was the Frenchman De Sivrac who is credited to invent the first ever machine

There Are Around A Billion Bicycles In The World

Bicycles make up the highest fraction of vehicles on the road with an estimated one billion cycles worldwide. They number twice that of motor vehicles. 

The popularity of cycling as a method of transport can be felt globally given the huge numbers. In fact, there are approximately more than 400 million bikes in China alone given it is the choice of transport in both the rural areas and large cities. 

The U.S ranks in second place with 100 million bikes followed by Japan at 72 million. This is a positive trend towards fighting pollution and promoting a healthier lifestyle choice.

Cycling Helmets Are 85% Effective In Protecting Against Head Injuries

This is statistic that supports the importance of wearing helmets to prevent potential fatality. You may be an expert or professional cyclist but never compromise on safety. Remember that safety is priceless and one accident is enough to cause permanent damage.

The Biggest Rideable Bicycle Has A Wheel Diameter Of Over 10 Feet

Did you know that the largest bicycle in the world was made in Germany by artist Didi Senft? The bicycle has a diameter of 3.3m or 10 ft 9.92 inches. Well, guess it can get “wheelie” tiring to balance this cycle.

It’s Eco-friendly

We all know bikes are good for the trees but to put it into perspective, commuting a 16 km journey with bikes saves up to 5 kg of carbon emissions. Furthermore, you will be saving nearly $15 on fuel and burn 360 more calories. This is killing two birds with one stone- a win-win opportunity that you cannot miss.

Cycles also cost far less than a car, making them not only eco friendly but also pocket-friendly.

A ‘Flightful’ History

The Wright brothers are well-known for their involvement in our revolutionary breakthrough that has allowed us to fly in the air. But a little-known fact is that they owned a bike repair shop which still operated when the infamous Wright Flyer took flight in 1903. 

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Smooth As Butter

Cyclists shaving legs has more depth to it than showing off chiseled calves. Shaved calves are easier to dress in case of wounds and less likely to be infected. They are also easier and less painful to massage than hairy ones.

Trickle-Down Technology

One other little-known fact is that cars relied on bicycle technology in the initial days. For instance, air-filled tyres were first used for bicycles in the late 19th century and weren’t used for cars for at least the next ten years.

Additionally the beaded edge and the two-way valve really made a difference in the feasibility of car tires.

Weight Loss

It is a wide-known fact that cycling is an excellent way stay fit and healthy. But to really understand its impact, here is an interesteing statistic. A regular bike commuter stands to lose nearly 13 pounds in a year without needing to significantly alter their diet or workout routine. 


These lesser known bike facts were compiled to entertain as well as spread awareness about cycling. Cycling is a great hobby and a greater lifestyle habit. The health benefits are universally known not to mention its positive impact on the environment. 

If you aren’t already an avid cyclist then these fun facts are sure to encourage you to take up cycling. So what are you waiting for? Go grab your bike and hit the road.