1. The bicycle was first called the Hobby Horse and “boneshaker”

In the 1860’s several inventors developed prototypes, with pedals on the front wheel.  They were named bicycles but also boneshakers for their bumpy ride.

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  1. The Mountain bike was made in 1977

Many are claiming to be the pioneers of modern mountain biking. One thing is sure, whether in Colorado or on downhill mountain trails in Marin County, Ca. in the mid ’70s of the 20th century they did it on the customized cruiser and BMX bikes. The first mountain bike was made in 1977. Today we can offer great mountain bikes at great prices:

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  1. The first woman mountain biker was Wende Craigg

Here is a shout-out to the living legend who was there from day one, biking as well as recording all the historic moments with her camera.

  1. Helmets were not mandatory until 2004

Bike helmets started to be widely used in the late 70s when many adult Americans took up cycling seriously after decades of regarding it as a kid’s activity mostly. Nevertheless, in the  professional sport, they were not mandatory until 2004.

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  1. Numbers around the world

Over 100 million bicycles are manufactured each year.

The first bicycle was brought into China more than 100 years ago, now they have over half a billion of them.

5% of all trips in the UK are made by bicycle while this number is lower than 1% in the US. The exemplary situation in the Netherlands is where a fantastic 30% of traffic is done by bicycle.

Seven out of eight Dutch people older than 15 own a bicycle.

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