Bicycle Bike Cycling Riding Bicycling Tips Tricks FAQ by Jim Langley

CRANK (tips & tricks)

The illustrations for this section are among my favorites, because I love the concept that bicycles make it possible to pedal the earth. But the artist who did such a fine job fitting globes on the bike in the top ad also made an interesting mistake. . . . (more)

I named this page “Crank” because to crank means to push the pace. And here, you can have some fun and pick up some useful information in a big hurry by consuming the many bite-size bicycle tips and tricks. The links with white wings take you to bicycle tips sections; the ones with yellow wings take you to full-length stories. You can skim and scan, read just what you want and learn plenty. Be sure to also follow my fun Bicycle Beat blog and my popular Tech Talk column in RoadBikeRider.com. Also, my FAQ page at the link below answers lots of common questions.

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Bicycle Ballet | a celebration of the dance that Is cycling

bike lifted overhead against a blue sky background
Blazing Saddles

Touring in 2019,  a   celebration of women, cycling & fashion since the advent of the bike. Static, roving or on a ride, with & without participants…   Read more…

 

Strictly Cycling @ GDIF 2017 © Paul Kley
Strictly Cycling
Also touring in 2019, a high impact, visual performance inspired by flash mobs, dada-ism, every day cycling & the great British weather.  Read more….

 

Strictly Night Cycling
A night-time version of Strictly Cycling, also available for bookings in 2019.  Read more HERE

 

 

An epic 2018 summer season!
Both Strictly Cycling & Blazing Saddles toured to some amazing festivals & events across the UK in 2018.  In addition, we received two commissions for Blazing Saddles, from Lakes Alive & Milton Keynes Pedalling Cultures, to build on & develop new structures, choreography & costumes to engage local participants & their bicycles.

 

 

 


2017 was a fantastic year!
Strictly Cycling toured to 15 locations, including a fabulous 10 performer show in Trafalgar Sq. We ran an all ability workshop with performance in Bradford & performed to an estimated audience of over 16,000 people. & Blazing Saddles was redeveloped for touring, following a commission from Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

Bicycle Ballet in the London Velodrome © Raysto Images

 

Back in 2016
A special year, with the creation of a new show Blazing Saddles, commissioned by Southwark Council; & two special commissions:  FireSpring for Cyclopark & a short piece for the opening of the UCI road track cycling championships at the London Velodrome.

Back in 2015
Strictly Cycling continued to tour in 2015.  An improvisational, visual performance & ‘cycle-about’ choreography, inspired by flash mobs, surrealism, everyday cycling experiences and the great British weather!

Four performers stand in a line in the Tour de France stage finish line, Bristol. Three performers look away and one smiles to the camera with two thumbs up. Performers wear bright yellow helmets, goggles and cycling capes

What a year!
2014 was a truly fantastic year. Strictly Cycling received three amazing commissions, to create:
* Flash mob workshops for up to 20 people
* A pink version for the Gira d’Italia Big Start, Belfast
* Tandem workshops for visually impaired people & front riders
Click links for more info

Strictly Cycling was seen by an estimated 15,000 people at locations across the UK

 

‘Leaping the Barriers: a short guide to improving access for visually impaired people to outdoor events’ is now available.  Follow the links to download from Leaping the Barriers

 

Performer, wearing a yellow helmet, goggles & rain mac, stares into the camera2014 Strictly Cycling Tour,

Click links on event names for more info

9 & 10 May – Gira d’Italia, Belfast
20 & 21 June – Edinburgh Cycling Festival
28 June – Yorkshire Sculpture Park
4 July – Leeds, Grand Depart
5 July – Fairlop Fair, London
5 July – Bradford, Grand Depart
6 July – Bristol Cycling Festival & Make Sunday Special
7 July – Woodford Wells, Redbridge, Tour de France
10 Sept – Tour of Britain, Bristol stage finish
20 Sept – Hockley Street Fayre, Nottingham
24 Sept – London University Freshers Fair, Barbican

 

Vanity peers through the frames of two tandems held on their back wheels, representing the lift doors


2013 Everyday Hero,
a narrative driven performance featuring an integrated company of visually impaired & sighted performers, working with tandems, was created and toured in 2013. Click HERE for further info.

 

 

 

2012 Bicycle Ballet Mass Show toured to five locations in 2012, working with local people to create performances.

golden sparkles high above heads, as two lines of three bikes pass each other

– 29th June,

Science of Cycling: A History of Bicycling Timeline

Timeline

1817 Baron von Drais invents the Draisine (also known as a Hobby Horse
or Swift-Walker), an improved celerifere than can be steered with handlebars.



 Draisine  Draisine


1839 Kirkpatrick MacMilan of Scotland adds cranks and treadmills
to the rear axle of a two-wheeled vehicle, but gains only local notoriety.


1858 Pedals are added to the front wheel of a two-wheeled machine,
creating a bone-jarring machine challed the velocipede or “boneshaker.”

 Velocipede  Velocipede

1868 Velocipedes are manufactured in the United States and velocipede
riding becomes a popular fad.

1869 Solid rubber tires replace iron velocipede tires and the
term “bicycle” is first used.


1872 The Ariel, the first high-wheel Ordinary, is manufactured
in Britian.


 Ordinary  Ordinary

1876 The Ordinary or high-wheeler is first displayed in America.

1877 First U.S.-made Ordinary manufactured.


1880 League of American Wheelmen is founded and begins lobbying
for better roads.


 


1884 Thomas Stevens pedals across the United States –from Oakland,
California, to Boston Massachusetts. J. K. Starley invents the “safety
bicycle.”


 Saftey Bicycle  Starley Saftey bicycle

1889 Pneumatic rubber tires invented.


1894 Fashion designers re-introduce the bloomer costume, freeing
women from the restrictive corsets and dress of the time.


1895 Chicago puts its mailmen on bicycles; the price of a good-quality
horse reaches a new low; four schoolmarms stir up controversy by wearing
bloomers to work.


1896 Margaret Valentine Le Long rides from Chicago to San Francisco;
coaster brakes are invented; Henry Ford builds his first succesful automobile.


Ford’s first automobile  Ford's Automobile


1898 Bicyles’ popularity in the United States declines.


1899 “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy sets a bicycle speed record
— one mile in 57.75 seconds.


1903 Bicycle mechanics Wilbur and Orville Wright fly 120 feet
in the first succesful airplane.


1962 New bicycle boom begins.


1972 Bicycles outsell cars in the United States –13 million to
11 million; bicycle thefts account for 17% of all larcenies in the U.S.


1973 Dr. Allan Abbott sets a bicycle speed record, reaching 138.674
mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.


1975 First Internation Human Powered Speed Championships held.


1976 2,000 cyclists celebrate the Bicentennial by riding across
America.

1981 The Specialized Stumpjumper became the first mass-produced mountain
bikes. It helps popularize the sport.


1984 The road race becomes the first women’s cycling event at
the Olympics.


1985 John Howard of the US sets a new bicycle speed record of
152.284 mph. The first person to go over 150 miles an hour on a bicycle.


1995 Fred Rompelberg of the Netherlands sets a new bicycle speed
record of 166.9 mph. At the time, he was 50 years old, and the world’s
oldest professional cyclist.


1996 Mountain biking introduced as an Olympic sport.


 

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Bicycle History – Evolution of Cycling

Picture Of Old Bicycle

Bicycles and motorcycles are an integral part of our lives. They provide easy and cheap ways of public transportation for many billions of people all around the world. However, ease of transport was not always so widespread. Over past several centuries, many inventors worked hard on the production of various two-wheeled transport devices. This is the place where you will find out how they managed to produce such groundbreaking devices that are today strongly integrated into our society.

During the long history of public transportation, there was no greater moment than the discovery of bicycles. From the millennia’s of horseback riding to the global saturation of bicycle use, this section will try to track the origins of this groundbreaking device.

Origins of the bicycle can be traced to several very gifted scientists. Here you can found out about them, and their efforts to create easy to manufacture and easy to use traveling device that would change the face of public transport forever.

Every year about 50 million bicycles are produced. Today there are almost 400 million bicycles in China and about a billion bicycles in the world. Read more interesting facts about bicycles.

Over the last few hundred years, inventors from all around the world strived to create perfect bicycle types for all kinds of uses. Here you can get informed about all the most popular bicycle types that you can purchase today.

For millions of people around the world, bicycles represent not only the transportation vehicle but also a way of life. Read more if you are interested in history, types, and modern cycling.

Son of the Pierre Michaux, who brought us the first bicycle, was also credited as the inventor of the first motorcycle. This steam powered transport device soon became the focal point of the life works of several designers around the world, and in during the end of 19th century age of motorcycles truly begun.

Brief History

It all began in late 15th century with some simple drawings of Italian mastermind Leonardo da Vinci. His two-wheeled design perfectly described one-person velocipede (without pedals or chain transmission), that could have easily been made from then accessible materials. With working prototype never produced, bicycle remained unknown all up too early 19th century.

Picture Of Replica Of 1493 Caprotti Sketch

The Baron Karl von Drais made the basis for today’s bicycle in 1817 with his “Draisine” velocipede. After several years with moderate success in Europe, his designs received an upgrade in England with “Dandy Horse” design. That model caught the attention of French blacksmith Pierre Michaux and his partner Pierre Lallement in the early 1860s. Together with Michaux’s son Ernest, they managed to produce the first model of a bicycle with pedals. This marked the pivotal moment in bicycle history. From that point, all bicycle started spreading itself across Europe countries and across the Pacific to the United States. Bicycle soon received many improvements during the next few years – metal frames, pneumatic tires, safety brakes, ball bearings, chain transmission and coaster brakes. The most popular

Bicycle Adventures – Worldwide Group Bike Tours & Cycling Vacations

Why Bicycle Adventures

We invite you to join our family. After 35 years of guiding extraordinary bicycle vacations, we have learned that bigger is not better. How do we know that? Easy… Our guests and guides tell us so. It’s the little things that small tours do that just aren’t possible with large group tours. Whether it’s getting to know everyone through shared a conversation at dinner, choosing your dinner off the menu, staying in boutique accommodations or having your favorite post-ride refreshment waiting for you at the end of the day. But the best part is having guides that actually get to know you so that each trip feels like your own personalized vacation.

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Comprehensive Cycling Guide For 2020

Comprehensive Bicycle Guide For 2020

Best Bike reviews

Do you want to buy a bike huh? Great idea…

But… how the hell do I get started? There is so much information out there on the web. It’s full of different bikes and related information.

What’s the best price and bike type for me in 2020?

Where’s the starting point?

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Damn it, maybe I should just forget it – it’s too confusing!

Well, hold on.


Bicycle Infographic: How many bikes are in the world

I’ve been riding bikes for years, mainly mountain-, hybrid- and road bikes. I know the advantages and disadvantages of every type. Also quite a lot of different brands. I started to give advice to my friends and now I’m here. Bike reviews on this page have helped over 5,000 people choose bikes according to their likes and dislike!

I used to race, but now I’ve given that up just to teach riders how to become better at competing and racing.

So, let’s get started. This guide on bikes is about 1,500 words long (5 minutes read). So take a deep breath, grab something to drink and let’s start.

The 5 Steps I Cover In My Bike Reviews Page:

  1. What type of bike to choose
  2. What would be the optimal price range
  3. What’s the best model for your needs
  4. What’s the proper size to look for
  5. What to keep in mind when getting a new bike

So, I have just made the starting point. Better late than never! So, without further ado, let’s jump onto step 1.

Step #1 – Choose The Right Bike Type

Begin with the basic question and analyze, What kind of person am I? Do I need speed? Or just adventure? Or adrenaline? Do I prefer nature or asphalt and tarmac more often?

Long story short, let’s talk about three main bike types which show what type of bike to choose.

  1. Mountain Bike – Meant for riding in basically everywhere. When one drives in asphalt, it’s nice, it’s a good ride. The fun part starts when I turn to forest route. Mountain bikes have wider knobby tires which give the rider a good control on bikes on every situation. They usually have 20 to 27 gears and it doesn’t really matter how many gears there are overall.
    Cheap bikes tend to have more gears but this does not matter on the performance. Then there are hard-tail and full-suspension bikes on the market as well. First with front forks and second with dual-suspension. The riding position is quite upstanding and comfortable.
  2. Road Bikes – This is something for speed junkies. I can go extra fast on roads, also I can discover a bigger area with shorter times. Because of narrow tires, they roll faster. The riding position is lower and not so comfortable as it is on the mountain bike. They have 16-27 gears typically.What type of bike to choose
    Although it is quite Ideal for

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Pace Manufacturing facility Cycling Coaching Program For Intermediate Cyclists

The world is looking towards turning into more healthy, smarter and faster. The not so stiff, or downright flexible bikes are described as “unsure”, “vague”, and in extreme circumstances can contribute to the dangerous high pace wobble, usually referred to by those that experienced it as “demise wobble”. Listed here are several methods to soundly mount a bicycle rack on your journey trailer irrespective of which location you choose.

As we speak this company is still producing bikes, nevertheless, they have expanded their stock to incorporate 10 speeds, touring bikes, youngsters’ bikes and mountain bikes. -Your e-bike once fully charged can have a riding vary more or less topic to the next elements like: street situation, loading weight and wind course.

One examine of bicycle seat neuropathy surveyed cyclists taking part in a 500-mile bicycle tour found that nearly half (45%) of the bicyclists suffered from delicate and transient numbness, while 2% experienced symptoms severe sufficient to power them to quickly cease riding.

Several studies of varied cycling seat shapes demonstrated that wider bicycle seats decrease stress on the perineal area and lead to a decrease in signs reported by cyclists. Prevention of bicycle seat neuropathy usually requires a proper bike match and changes by a skilled skilled.

Sometimes decreasing coaching quantity may assist alleviate symptoms resulting from bicycle seat neuropathy. Whether or not mountain biking or street biking, a helmet is a must have for anyone riding a bike. In electric bikes, these batteries are lightweight and simple to recharge.…

The Benefits And Disadvantages Of Cycling

Bicycles are a great way to get round and explore once you arrive at your destination along with your journey trailer. Some state legal guidelines require bicycle lights. They developed several 10-pace type bicycles throughout their early historical past. Bicycling works your legs, however to get the remainder of your physique firm and trim, you may have to train your higher physique, as properly.

We held off on shopping for a speedometer and odometer unit for our bikes, however as soon as we got critical about shedding pounds and getting in shape, this function grew to become a “will need to have.” You simply can not observe your progress with out knowing how far and how fast you’re using.

Though the more expensive than different forms of batteries used in electric bicycles, it is far cheaper in the long run than frequent trips to the gasoline pump to fill the automotive’s gas tank. They’re among the many most acknowledged trade manufacturers, and manufacture a variety of bicycles to be able to meet the calls for of riders internationally.

When purchasing an electrical bicycle or a motor equipment, you may come across various options for the battery power. Possible exceptions to this choice are the large bicyclists who want a wider saddle for their sit-bones (the curved ischia) to relaxation on in the first place, and those who experience the low-profile laid-back recumbent bikes.

The time period does not include energy wheelchairs or units aside from bicycles moved by human or animal energy or used completely upon stationary rails or tracks. Easy, most journey trailer bumpers will not be designed for the extra weight of motorcycle racks and bikes.…

Pace Manufacturing unit Cycling Coaching Program For Intermediate Cyclists

If you are trying to find a approach to heighten the passion in your mattress, permit me to tell you about your man’s p-spot. The not so stiff, or downright versatile bikes are described as “uncertain”, “imprecise”, and in severe instances can contribute to the harmful excessive velocity wobble, often referred to by those who skilled it as “loss of life wobble”. Listed below are several methods to securely mount a bicycle rack in your travel trailer no matter which location you select.

I went from a three-velocity bicycle for leisure riding, to a 24-pace bicycle for more committed exercising. But if you’ll be using anytime from nightfall to dawn, common sense calls for that you’ve lights on your bicycle. As well as, the bikes shut proximity to the real wall of the travel trailer can cause injury to both the journey trailer and the bicycles.

Earlier than this definition was altered, bicycles were not technically required to comply with the rules of the highway. Riding in hilly areas or adding extra weight by pulling a trailer will drain battery power sooner. A very good excessive beam bicycle gentle will present tons of light to see the street ahead as well as alert any oncoming visitors.

When the battery reaches its backside voltage, you’ll be able to simply journey your bike by the pedal. The number one rule in observing bicycle security is to put on your helmet before every journey. Mountain bikers who journey by brush and trees should search for a protracted-sleeve biking jersey to protect their arms from abrasions.

Using a bicycle is often much more affordable than different means of getting round like driving or public transportation, and you will discover the benefits not only in helping you to save cash, but in the weight that you’ll be able to lose and improve your health.…