Bike Facts

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  • There are approximately one billion bikes in the world (about twice as many as cars)
  • Every year some 50 million bikes are produced
  • There are almost 400 million bikes in China
  • Air-filled tyres were used on bikes before they were used on motorcars
  • The term "bicycle" first entered into popular usage in France in the 1860s
  • The prototype of the mountain bike was not developed until 1977
  • Twenty bikes can be parked in the same space taken up by one car
  • The bike as we know it today – with two wheels of the same size – looks almost exactly the same as one from 1900
  • Half of all the parts of a typical bike are in the chain
  • The fastest speed ever recorded on a bike was attained by American Olympic Cyclist and Ironman triathlon competitor John Howard, when he reached 152.2 mph in 1985

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Every year some 50 million bikes are produced
Every year some 50 million bikes are produced

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Image of a French style bicycle from 1860s
Ceci est un "bicycle"

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152.2 miles per hour - The fastest speed ever recorded on a bike
The fastest speed ever recorded on a bike