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The bicycle, as we know it today, was invented by the contributions of many people. In fact, the first bicycle wasn’t called a bicycle at all. It was called a draisine and built in 1817 by Baron Drais Von Sauerbrun of Germany. It was made of wood and the rider’s feet pushed it forward, steering with a handle attached to the front wheel. Pedals were introduced in 1839 by a Scottish blacksmith named Kirkpatrick Macmillan; chains and gears were added in 1879 by Harry J. Lawson; air-filled tires in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop of Ireland.

Before you ride your bicycle, check your helmet to be sure it still fits properly. Carefully look at your bicycle because the tires may need air, the chain may need oil or a screw may be loose. Bicycle safety is very important so go over the rules with your parents. Now you’re ready for a summer of bike riding fun.

Did you know?

  • May is National Bike Month
  • The first tricycles were for adults
  • hildren’s bicycles were made in the 1920s, after World War I
  • American, Lance Armstrong, has won the Tour de France bicycle race each year from 1999-2005!
  • In 1490, Italian artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, drew a picture of a machine similar to a bicycle. It had two wheels and pedals


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