National Bicycle Month

Graduation has come and gone. Soon, students will by on summer break. With the rainy weather we’ve been having, it’s hard to think about summer.

However, before we know if sunny skies and hot temperatures will be here. Our community will start heading out to the lake and river, utilizing our numerous walking trails more, and in general just spending more time outside.

Summer activities have already started in town because May is National Bike Month! There’s been a slew of activities. All of which can be found here.

Did you know that in 1817, Karl von Drais from Germany invented a horseless carriage that led to our modern day bicycle. It had two wheels and was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground.

That being said, the word “bicycle” wasn’t used until the 1860s in France.

Bicycles have had a unique and important role in our history. Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brother who built the first flying airplane, did so in their own bike repair shop.

In 1935, 25-year-old Fred Birchmore circled the glob by bicycle, pedaling about 25,000 miles and utilizing 7 sets of tires.

About 100 million bicycles are manufactured each year throughout the world, and over half a billion are in China alone.

Bicycles today can be used for deliveries as well as transportation. Unfortunately, in the United States we use our bicycles a lot less often than people living in other counties.

At Twist of Pine, we love to see people come in on their bicycles, whether they are coming from the lake, river, bridge, or some other part of town.

To support our bicycle enthusiasts, we have some products geared just for  you! Stop by the store to check them all out!  P.S. and if you ride a bike to the store, mention you did and get 10% off your whole purchase

*Source: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/morestories/ten-things-about-bikes/

 

 

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