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[bahy-si-kuhl, -sik-uhl, -sahy-kuhl] noun, verb, -cled, -cling.
1. a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually
propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having
handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat.
–verb (used without object)
2. to ride a bicycle.
–verb (used with object)
3. to ship or transport directly by bicycle or other
The bicycle, bike, or cycle, is a
pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame,
one behind the other.
First introduced in 19th-century
Europe, bicycles now number approximately one billion worldwide, providing
the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also
provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use in
many other fields of human activity, including children's toys, adult
fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and cycle
The basic shape and configuration of
a typical bicycle has hardly changed since the first chain-driven model
was developed around 1885, although many important details have been
improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and
computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of
specialized designs for particular types of cycling.
hoodie piggyback ride bicycle
The bicycle has had a considerable
effect on human society, in both the cultural and industrial realms. In
its early years, bicycle construction drew on pre-existing technologies;
more recently, bicycle technology has, in turn, contributed ideas in both
old and new areas.
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- hobby horse
- sports utility bikes
- As of 2008, 60% of the world's bicycles are now being made in China
- Bicycle playing cards
- Every cyclist has an ideal cadence (pedaling speed),
and an ideal amount of resistance from the pedals. When you are pedaling
at your ideal cadence, you are putting out the greatest amount of power
that you are able to sustain efficiently. You select your cadence by
shifting gears. The gear needed to allow your "ideal" cadence will
depend on the slope of the road, the wind conditions, and your own
condition at any given time.
"A man without god is like a fish without
a bicycle." Quoted by Robert
Anton Wilson in _Cosmic Trigger Vol 1_, found on the
men's room wall, Larry Blake's Pub, Berkeley, 1977
Turing was known for riding his bicycle
with a gas mask on. He claimed it relieved his allergies.
_You Drive_ (avi)(113.7megs) - Season 5,
Episode 14 - "The victim, a kid on
a bicycle, lying injured,
near death. But Mr. Pope hasn't time for the victim, his only
concern is for himself. Oliver Pope, hit-and-run driver, just
arrived at a crossroad in his life, and he's chosen the wrong turn.
The hit occurred in the world he knows, but the run will lead him
straight into - the Twilight Zone."
- my bike: orange GT Talera 1997 - "Valkyrie"; Giant Halfway - black;
Giant Expressway - White; Malvern Star - Cream - Cargo; Brompton - black
- "As a kid, I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle,"
said Beatle John Lennon, in Bicycling
magazine. "When I got the bicycle, I must have been the
happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe in the world. I lived for
that bike. Most kids left their bikes in the backyard at
night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and
the first night I even kept it in my bed."
The bicycle was recognised by
and suffragists as a "freedom machine" for women. American Susan B.
Anthony said in a New York World interview on February 2, 1896: "Let me
tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate
women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom
and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on
a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood."
In the 1890s the bicycle craze
led to a movement for so-called rational dress, which helped liberate
women from corsets and ankle-length skirts and other restrictive
garments, substituting the then-shocking bloomers.
Boneshaker (or bone-shaker) is a name used from about 1869 up to the present
to refer to the first type of true bicycle with pedals, which was called
velocipede by its manufacturers. "Boneshaker" refers to the extremely
uncomfortable ride, which was caused by the stiff wrought-iron frame and
wooden wheels surrounded by tires made of iron.
This type of bicycle was invented in the 1860s in France and first
manufactured by the Michaux company from 1867 to 1869 – the time of the
first bicycle craze, and copied by many others during that time. It fell out
of favor after the summer of 1869, and was replaced in 1870 with the type of
bicycle called "ordinary", "high-wheel", or "penny-farthing".
Few original boneshakers exist today, most having been melted for scrap
metal during World War I. Those that do surface from time to time command
high prices, typically up to about $5,000 US.
The construction of the boneshaker was similar to the dandy horse:
wooden wheels with iron tires and a framework of wrought iron. As the name
implies it was extremely uncomfortable, but the discomfort was somewhat
ameliorated by a long flat spring that supported the saddle and absorbed
many of the shocks from rough road surfaces. The boneshaker also had a
brake – a metal lever that pressed a wooden pad against the rear wheel.
The front wheel axle ran in lubricated bronze bearings, and some had small
lubrication tanks that would wick oil from soaked lamb's wool into the
bearings to help them run smoothly. Like the High Wheel bicycles that
became popular later in the 19th century, boneshakers were front-wheel
drive, but in comparison they had smaller wheels (only about 1m), and were
heavy, with a lightweight model weighing 30 pounds or more.
- breaks track _BoneShaker_ MP3 by Resistor off of _Ballistic Bre4ks I_
compilation on Dead Famous #065 (2015)
In cities, bicycles helped reduce
crowding in inner-city tenements by allowing workers to commute from more
spacious dwellings in the suburbs. They also reduced dependence on horses,
with all the knock-on effects this brought to society. Bicycles allowed
people to travel for leisure into the country, since bicycles were three
times as energy efficient as walking, and three to four times as fast.
Cycling has many health benefits and does not directly contribute to
global warming or environmental pollution.
box, bicycles - corner of San Lorenzo
Blvd, Laurel St., & Broadway - Santa Cruz,
36° 58.213 W 122° 01.317
While pedaling at night, Albert Einstein observed that the bobbling beam
cast from his headlamp always traveled at the same speed, whether he was
cruising at a quick clip or coasting to a stop. The theory - that light from a moving source has the same velocity as
light from a stationary source - as born on that ride. "I thought of
it while riding my bicycle,"
remains one of Einstein's most renowned quotes.
Another favorite saying - "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your
balance, you must keep moving" - is indicative of the joyful, compassionate
scientist's love of the bicycle. Early in his schooling at Munich
University in Germany, he would take bicycle tours with fellow scientists to
contemplate the world at large. And during his final years, while at
Princeton University during the early 1950s, when the automobile was
the mode of transportation du jour, Einstein chose his trusty steed over any
other modern engineering marvels. Indeed, the most lasting image of
genius is that of him tooling around, atop his bicycle, with his infectious
grin, gleefully imagining
the next revolutionary idea.
- hip hop track _Dr. Octagon_ MP3 (160k) by Dr.
Octagon feat. Sir Menelik off of _Dr. Octagynecologist_ CDr (1996)
- "They waved among
the trees at breakneck speed... their bikes" [Kool Keith] "Keep it simple";
bike, and leaped to safety,
they collided with a tree..."
- soundtrack _Bicycle Riders (Harps Of The Ancient Temples)_ by Gail
Laughton off of _Blade
Runner 1993 Private Release_ CD on Offworld (1993)
rock track _Bike_ MP3 by Pink Floyd off of _Piper At The Gates Of
Dawn_ 12" (1967)
- alternative/power pop/glam/hard rock track _Sister Havana_ MP3
by Urge Overkill off of _Saturation_ 12" (orange transparent vinyl)(1993)
- She's comin on like a bicycle army
Everybody's waitin' for the man to come down from the tower
Every day is just like a vacation with you layin' right here now
I'm watchin you and Fidel Castro in the sand, assassin!
Girl you got to roll
Floyd - _Dark Side Of The Moon_/Wizard Of Oz_ - synchronicity
- Mrs. Gulch AKA Wicked Witch of the West appears
riding her bike at the same moment
you hear the alarm clock bells going off at the beginning of the
track _Time_ MP3 (192k); The chimes in _Time_ start and stop when the evil lady
on the bike rides up, and the chimes ring as the clocks and such are
going off at the end.
- post rock
entity 1 Speed Bike
- Aidan, drummer for Godspeed! You Black Emperor!
- release _Droopy Butt Begone!_ 12" on
Constellationi #014 (2000)
- a3 - _Yuppie Restaurant Goers Beware Because
This Song Is For The Dishwasher_ MP3 (160k)
- b1 - _Just Another Jive Assed White Colonial
Theft_ MP3 (160k)
- hardcore pop punk track _Bikeage_ MP3 by Descendents off of _Milo Goes To College_ 12" on New
Alliance #012/SST #142 (1982)/(1990)
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- vinyl etching Matrix / Runout (Runout Etching Side B): NAR-012-II K
"I WASN'T A PUNK WHEN IT DIDN'T COUNT"
- ambient dubhouse release _Bicycles &
Tricycles_ CD by The Orb on Sanctuary (2004)
- emocore alt punk entity Small Brown Bike
- track _A Future With No Friends_ MP3
- release _Our Own Wars_ on No Idea #077 (1999)
- _Expression Eraser_ MP3
- _Atlanta_ MP3
- alternative rock
track _My Wave_ MP3 by
Soundgarden off of _Superunknown_ 12"x2 (green marbled vinyl)(1994)
- music video
prominently features Schwinn banana seat ape hanger bicycle
- Take, if you
want a slice
If you want a piece
If it feels alright
Break, if you like the sound
If it gets you up
If it brings you down
Share, if it makes you sleep
If it sets you free
If it helps you breathe
Don't come over here
And piss on my gate
Save it just keep it
Off my wave
- reggae track _Bike No License_ MP3 (160k) by Easton
- folk punk track _The Argument_ MP3by This Bike Is A
Pipe Bomb off of _Front Seat Solidarity_ 12" on Plan It X #016 (2002) as
well as No Idea #124 (purple vinyl)(2002)
- ... as well as _The Black Panther
Party 7" on Arkam #012 (released September 11, 2001)
- On March 02, 2006 at 5:30
am an Ohio University police officer spotted a bicycle attached to
the Oasis restaurant bearing a promotional sticker for the band. The
officer saw the words, "This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb" and became
"concerned". The area was cordoned off, and part of the campus was
closed for several hours. The bicycle was subsequently destroyed by
the Columbus bomb squad despite assurances from the bike's owner
that it was just a sticker. The owner, a graduate student, was
initially charged with "inducing panic", a misdemeanor. However, the
charges were dropped a few days later.
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- video _Netty's Girl_ (quicktime)
- a pistake with Mike D riding around on his lowrider chrome bike
around Echo Park
- film _Monkey Warfare_ (2006)(avi)(699.5megs)
- character Bike Rider With Nice Shoes played by Kelly Linn in the
- film _Rower_ aka _Bicycle_ (1955) - directed by Roman Polanski
- video Bike Move (flv)
- moving house using only bikes, your friends, and a leisurely pace
- book _White Bicycles: Making
Music In The 1960s_ by Joe Boyd
club with Pink
- title of the book is taken from a track by Tomorrow, the subject
being bikes in Amsterdam at the time built and distributed by
anarchists for all to ride and use
- video footage - Frank Zappa on the Steve Allen Show playing the
- video podcast Daryl Hannah's Love Life - Bike Culture (quicktime)(17.9megs)
- video Bikes Against Bush - I Love New York (quicktime)
- video Bikes Against Bush Arrest (August 28,