1. In 1817 Baron Von Drais invented a bike made of wood with a steerable front wheel without pedals.
2. The term ‘bicycle’ was introduced in France in the 1860s, deriving from the French ‘bicyclette’. This term was introduced as means of describing the two-wheeled vehicle powered by a mechanical drive. Prior to that, bikes were commonly referred to as ‘velocipedes’
3. In 1839 a Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan is thought to have invented the first mechanical bicycle that worked by pressing treadles which moved up and down.
4. The first rear chain driven bicycle by Henry John Lawson in 1879
5. Bicycle pneumatic tires were introduced in 1888 by John Dunlop
6. The old bicycles featuring a huge wheel in the front and a very small one at rear were known as Penny-farthing bicycles. This term came from the old British Penny and Farthing coins.
7. Today, there are over 1 billion bicycles worldwide
8. Japan is the country with most bikes per capita
9. Since 2003, the number of manufactured bicycles worldwide has climbed to a staggering 100 million per year.
10. In 1903, the Tour de France was introduced. It is currently known as one of the most famous bicycle races in the World.
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