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8 weird facts you might not know about the humble bike

Posted 15.02.16 | By Dan Smith

8 weird facts you might now know about the humble bike

Since the bicycle was introduced in the 19th Century in Europe, little has changed since the first chain-driven bike was developed around 1885 but it’s made a significant impact throughout history. Over the years, over 1 billion bikes have been produced worldwide and become a staple part of our everyday lives but did you know about some of the weird and wonderful bits of trivia that surround our beloved bike?

Here, we’ve compiled some odd facts and bits of trivia you might not know that you can pull out when you’re next setting off on a ride with friends.

  • 47,105 “Boris” bikes were rented in a single day during the 2012 Olympic Games
  • There are more bikes than people in the Netherlands. On the other hand, between 12,000 and 15,000 bikes are pulled from the canals of Amsterdam every single year.
  • A bike can stay upright without a rider so long as it’s moving at over 8mph
  • The world’s longest bike is 35.79 meters long and takes two people to ride. The only problem is when it comes to turning corners.
  • During World War 2, the Japanese army invaded most of Malaysia while riding their bicycles.
  • The largest rideable bike has a wheel diameters of 3.3m and stands at 3.7m high
  • Cycling is three times faster than walking, when using the same amount of energy
  • The most expensive bike ever sold is “The Butterfly Bike” designed by artist Damien Hirst and ridden by Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France. Featuring actual butterfly wings on the frame, it was auctioned for $500,000.
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