Bicycles | Bikes

Bicycles | Bikes

Description
Description

Bicycles, commonly referred to as bikes, are human-powered, pedal-driven vehicles with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. They're propelled by the rider's legs turning the pedals, which drives the rear wheel via a chain. Bicycles are used for a variety of purposes: as a means of transportation in cities and towns, a form of exercise to improve fitness, a competitive sport such as road or mountain bike racing, and for leisure activities like touring or family outings. They are celebrated for their simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly nature, as they don't emit pollutants.

History
History

Bicycles began as wooden push-along devices without pedals, evolving into pedal-driven machines in the 19th century. The iconic penny-farthing, with its large front wheel, came next, but it was the safety bicycle with equal-sized wheels and a chain drive that truly ignited the bike's popularity. This design made cycling safer and more practical. By the early 20th century, bikes were everywhere, used for commuting, delivering mail, and leisure. After a mid-century dip in popularity, the bike boom of the 1970s reestablished cycling as a favored mode of eco-friendly transportation and a sport, leading to the diverse styles of bikes we see today.

Future
Future

Bicycles are likely to see technological integrations that make riding more efficient and enjoyable. Expect lightweight materials for easier handling, e-bikes with longer-lasting batteries like the Specialized Turbo Vado, and smart features such as built-in GPS and fitness tracking. Folding designs will make storage and transport in urban environments simpler.

Safety will improve with integrated lighting systems and collision avoidance sensors. As cities become more bike-friendly, bicycles will play a central role in sustainable transport solutions, symbolizing a commitment to health, the environment, and community connectivity, aligning with a cultural shift towards more conscious and active lifestyles.

Common Questions
Common Questions
What are the rules of the road for cyclists?

Cyclists must follow traffic laws akin to motor vehicles, which include riding in the same direction as traffic, obeying traffic signals and signs, signaling turns and lane changes, and yielding to pedestrians. They should use bike lanes where available, avoid sidewalks, stay to the right of the lane, and make themselves visible with lights and reflective clothing, especially at night.

How do you choose the right bike size for your body?

To find the right bike size, measure your inseam in inches and centimeters; this should be slightly less than the bike's standover height. A proper fit also considers the reach to the handlebars and the rider's overall comfort. Utilizing sizing charts that correlate height with bike frame size, in inches and centimeters, can guide your selection, as can professional fittings.

What are the benefits of cycling for physical fitness?

Cycling boosts cardiovascular health, aids in weight management, and increases muscle tone, particularly in the lower body. It enhances joint mobility, improves posture and coordination, and reduces stress levels. As a low-impact exercise, it minimizes strain on joints compared to high-impact activities, making it suitable for a wide range of fitness levels and contributing to overall physical well-being.

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38”-41.5” | 96.5-105.4 cm
20” | 50.8 cm
66”-67.375” | 167.6-171.1 cm
26 lb | 11.8 kg
Fixed-Gear Bicycle
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50.800
171.100
11.800
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Fixed-Gear Bicycle
Fixed-Gear Bicycle | Fixie
Size comparison drawing of the Fixed-Gear Bicycle (Fixie) compared to an average person

A fixed gear bicycle, or a fixie, is a bike with its cog tied directly to its back wheel with its chain. The fixed gear bicycle cannot change gears, which can make it more difficult to ride uphill. The back wheel cannot move independently of the pedals. So, when going downhill, the pedals will continue to spin, requiring the rider to be careful to not take a pedal to the shin or lose control.

Fixed-Gear Bicycles have a total length between 66”-67.375” (167.6-171.1 cm), width of 20” (50.8 cm), and height in the range of 38”-41.5” (96.5-105.4 cm). Fixed-Gear Bicycles weigh roughly 26 lb (11.8 kg).

Set of measured drawings of a Fixed-Gear Bicycle (Fixie) in elevation and plan views
A fixed gear bicycle, or a fixie, is a bike with its cog tied directly to its back wheel with its chain. The fixed gear bicycle cannot change gears, which can make it more difficult to ride uphill. The back wheel cannot move independently of the pedals.

Fixed-Gear Bicycles have a total length between 66”-67.375” (167.6-171.1 cm), width of 20” (50.8 cm), and height in the range of 38”-41.5” (96.5-105.4 cm). Fixed-Gear Bicycles weigh roughly 26 lb (11.8 kg).

Set of measured drawings of a Fixed-Gear Bicycle (Fixie) in elevation and plan views
Fixed-Gear Bicycle | Fixie
Height:
38”-41.5” | 96.5-105.4 cm
Width:
20” | 50.8 cm
Length:
66”-67.375” | 167.6-171.1 cm
Depth:
Weight:
26 lb | 11.8 kg
Area:
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Year

Drawings include:
Fixed-Gear Bicycle side elevation, front, back, top

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