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Some facts about bicycles• There are about a billion bicycles in the world, the greatest share being that of China with its 400 million bikes.
• The first basic bicycles, which were without pedals, were built by Frenchman De Sirvac in 1690. The pedals were later added by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan.
• The first five-seat bicycle, called quindem, was first built in 1940.
• The world speed record on a bicycle is held by John Howard, Olympic Cyclist and Ironman triathlon winner from the US. In 1985 he reached 245.08 km/h (152.2 mph), cycling in the slipstream of a specially designed car.
• A cycle can weigh as light as 3.2 kg and as costly as over 20,000 bucks.
• Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP), which began in 1891, is the oldest bicycling event still run on a regular basis on the open road, covers over 1200 km and imposes a 90-hour time limit.
• Japan employed 50,000 bicycle-troops in WW II while Britain used airborne 'Cycle-commandoes' with folding bikes.
• It has been estimated that, on average, approximately 20 life-years are gained from the health benefits of road bicycling for every life-year lost through injury.
Contributed by Salman Latif
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