Bikes have been around for centuries and can be found worldwide. They are not only beneficial to an individual’s health but are also an excellent pass-time option and a thrilling sport. Whether you own a bike, are planning to buy one, or are simply fascinated with it, here are some fun facts you may not have known about these two-wheeled machines.

1. Wooden Bikes Were Once a Thing

The earliest version of bicycles was made out of wood. However, the wooden frames and wheels had many disadvantages, so newer inventions were made. Today, you can find these earlier variations in some museums worldwide.

2. Ghost Bikes are used to Commemorate Deceased Cyclists

Ghost bikes are bikes that are painted white and locked to a street sign near where a cyclist was hit or killed. They are primarily used to commemorate cyclists who passed away while on the road.

3. Amish Communities are Turning to E-Bikes for Transportation

The Amish are traditional Christian groups that believe in humility, manual labor, and rural life. For a long time, the group has insisted on keeping their originality and refused to embrace new technology. However, of late, the Amish are embracing e-bikes as a means of transportation, replacing horses and buggies.

4. Some Triathletes Pee on Their Bikes to Save Time

Did you know that some triathletes pee on their bikes to save time during Ironman challenges? It takes a lot of time for triathletes to dismount from their bikes, undress, and even wait in long queues to relieve themselves. The alternative is to pee as they ride, an option they usually gladly take.

5. Velodrome Bikes Do Not Have Brakes

Velodrome, also known as track bicycles, are designed for use on outdoor tracks. Unlike regular bikes, they do not have brakes because they aren’t needed. If a cyclist was to brake instantly on a track, it may lead to a dangerous crash. The only way a cyclist can slow down is by stopping peddling.

6. China Has the World’s Biggest Bike Graveyard

Shenzhen, China, has the largest graveyard of dumped bikes. Hundreds of bikes are disposed of there, some still in impeccable condition. China’s insistence on car use instead of bikes is partly the reason for the huge bike dumpsite. Shanghai, China, also has a similar facility.

7. Mackinac Island Only Allows Bikes and Horse Drawn Carriages in Its Roads

Mackinac Island, Michigan, banned cars on its roads; it only allows bicycles and horse-drawn carts. The ban was enacted on July 6, 1938, and has remained in place since.

8. At Least 12,000 Bicycles are Pulled from Amsterdam Canals Every Year

One of the characteristics of Amsterdam, Netherlands, is that it is a cycling city. Unfortunately, that also means that more bikes are dumped daily. Estimates show that at least 12,000 bikes are pulled out from Amsterdam canals annually. There are more than 165 canals in the region.

9. Women are Not Allowed to Ride Bikes in North Korea

Among other things, women are not allowed to ride bikes in North Korea. The law has been in place since 1995. It was briefly revoked in 2012 but was reinforced about a year later. Rumor has it women are not allowed to ride bikes in North Korea because it makes them “attractive.”

10. Prisoners in Brazil Pedal Stationary Bikes to Power Nearby Town

In Brazil, there is a prison that allows inmates to pedal stationary bikes to power a nearby town. By doing so, they reduce some of the days from their sentence. The program is in place to promote good behavior among inmates and increase their contribution to society.

11. There are More Bikes Than People in the Netherlands

According to the figures from the latest census conducted in the Netherlands, the country has about 18 million people. Interestingly, the region has over 23 million bikes, significantly more than the number of people, hence the nickname “Land of bicycles.”

12. The Longest Bike in the World is 47.5m Long

In 2020, the Guinness World Records recognized Bernie Ryan’s 47.5-meter-long bicycle as the world’s longest bike. He rode it in Paynesville, Victoria.

13. There are around 1 Billion Bikes in the World

It is estimated that there are 1 billion bikes all over the world. These figures are exceptionally high, especially considering the fact that there are only 1.5 billion cars in the world.

14. Bikes are Quite Environmentally Friendly

Most countries encourage their residents to turn to bicycles because they are environmentally friendly. Unlike cars, bikes do not consume fuel, limiting environmental pollution. Estimates show that riding a bike to work can reduce carbon emissions by around 67%.

15. 1 Car Parking Space Can Fit Around 10 Bikes

Did you know a single-car parking space can accommodate up to 10 bikes? No wonder most cities in the UK are trying to convert cars into bike parking spaces to encourage the locals to use the latter as a means of transportation.

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Last Update: May 1, 2024