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If you lined up all the mountain bikes in America, tire-to-tire, and then rode a bike along that line, it would take you 36 weeks, (riding 40 hours per week, 15 miles per hour) to get to the end of the line.

The longest tandem or "bicycle built for two" ever made was actually for thirty-five. It is almost 67 feet long and weighs about as much as a Volkswagen.

The smallest bicycle that an adult can ride has wheels made from silver dollars.

Steve McPeak built and rode a unicycle that was ten stories tall. The greatest skill was not in riding the machine, but in building it so that the chains would not fall off the sprockets.

At St. Helen's School in Newbury, Ohio, unicycling is a mandatory subject. The students are allowed to ride their unicycles in the halls between classes. Collisions are surprisingly few.

Next time you are waiting at a red light, you may want to begin practicing a technique called the track stand. As you come to a stop, but before putting a foot on the ground, turn your front wheel about 70 or 80 degrees to the right or left. If your bike is not facing uphill, turn the front wheel facing uphill. This means that your wheel will probably be turned to the left, since most often, the road curves uphill toward the centerline, so that rainwater will run off. Keep steady pressure on one of th e pedals, but balance the tendency to roll backward, downhill. With practice, you will find that you can come to a stop and never have to put a foot on the ground. You will be able to rock slightly back and forth, balancing between rolling back and push ing forward. This trick is used extensively by road and track racers who want their toe clips so tight that removing a foot would be difficult. For the mountain biker, it helps develop fine control of the bike at slow speeds, such as when riding along a narrow cliff. Variations include pushing the front tire backward with a hand or foot, or stopping forward roll and springing backward by hard applications of the front brake to maintain balance while on flat or downhill surfaces, and performing a track stand with one or no hands.

Riding throughout the winter is not only practical, it is fun, especially when the streets are covered with snow or ice. With practice, the slipping and sliding is controllable. By putting one foot down at a wide and firm stance from the bicycle, any slide turns into a stable tripod arrangement. You may not end up going in the direction you intended, but you won't fall over! You may encounter a common condition in which your bicycle frequently jumps back and forth across car tire tracks when there is old snow on the road. You will soon learn to ride fast through this and enjoy the sensation! The best bikes for winter bicycle commuting have thin tires, according to many riders. With a thin tire bike you can negotiate up to four inches of snow. Please be cautious. In traffic, realize that cars have very little control. Often, winter visibility is limited also, because motorists have to deal with frosted or iced windows. Winter roads are not aways plowed well, and therefore become narrow, making the cyclist's job more difficult. Avoid commuting where you might get hurt. If you are concerned about falling, the same protection that inline skaters (rollerbladers) wear is a good idea - helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.

Half of all the parts of a typical bicycle are in the chain.

The longest bicycle skid on level ground: 374 feet. The tire went flat 20' before the end of the skid. The bike was equipped with 27" tires containing 110 pounds pressure. The technique was simply a long start to get up to full speed, then the rider le aned way over the front of the bike, reducing the weight on the back wheel to almost nothing. The feat was accomplished by the author of this file, who could have gone slightly further, but he was laughing so hard that he fell off the bike. Don't try this trick at home unless you have a really long living room.

The most efficient animal on earth in terms of weight transported over distance for energy expended is a human on a bicycle. The most efficient machine on earth in terms of weight transported over distance for energy expended is a human on a bicycle.


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