|This bicycle is meant as a joke. It says: "I am back in a minute"....|
I got my first bike when I was seven and lived in Indonesia. For me it has been my main means of transport. Later when I lived in the Netherlands I used my bike to go to school and for my holidays. Once my sister and I went to England by bike.We cycled from youth hostel to youth hostel along the south coast of England, from Dover to Longwell Green, which lies between Bath and Bristol. It took us a week. We worked in a workcamp for a month and met many campers from all over the world.
Wikipedia says: "A bicycle, often called a bike (and sometimes referred to as a "pushbike", "pedal bike", "pedal cycle", or "cycle"), is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.
Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and now number more than a billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing."
The first bikes!
A very important topic has been the "Tour de France" these past few weeks. Daily we see and hear news of our cyclists, how they are doing and whether or not they use drugs . The weather is perfect and fortunately there have been no accidents in the mountains on those steep roads. I am not interested in this race, but in spite of that I have to listen to the news, read the papers and see this event on TV.
road racing cyclist
The present bikes are built in various shapes and sizes.
|The tricycle for my grandson. ( 1-10-2002)|
|A bike for three|
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|A tandem for a parent and child|
|A carrier-tricycle for two children.|
|Our King with two of his children in the carrier-tricycle|