8 weird and wonderful facts about cycling

Your beloved two-wheeled friend, whom kept your body in shape, possesses crazy weird facts that not everyone knows.

1. Wooden bikes were a thing once


The first constructed bike was almost entirely made of wood and several thousand copies were built and used. As you can imagine its popularity dramatically faded when the number of accidents soared and it was prohibited by the police!

2. This is the longest tandem bicycle ever


The longest tandem bike ever built had 35 seats and was about 67 feet long, about 20.5 meters.

3. Bikes don’t actually need riders

A bit of cycling science for you: amazingly, a bicycle can stay upright without a rider as long as it’s moving at 13 km/h or faster.

4. Cyclists are cool – fact


A recent psychological study conducted found that cyclists have a unique blend of intelligent generosity and the “cool” factor. Now there’s a reason to get on your bike!

5. Damien Hirst designed the world’s most expensive bike


The most expensive bike ever, a Trek Madone or the “Butterfly Bike” designed by artist Damien Hirst, was auctioned for $500,000.

6. This bike is world-record-breaking

The largest rideable bicycle has a wheel diameter of 3.3m and was built by Didi Senft from Germany.

On a bicycle, you can travel three times faster than you can walk, for the same amount of energy. No other living thing can expend so little energy for so much self-powered travel!

8. Each car parking slot fits 15 bicycles.