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Fun facts about bikes for Tour de France watchers

Cheapism Logo By Andrew Lisa of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 25: A first bike is the childhood equivalent of a driver's license, but those familiar, two-wheeled, pedal-powered machines (and the outdoor trails best for riding them) aren't just for kids — bicycles transformed the nature of human mobility and are even a great way to get around in some cities. The two-wheeler concept dates back centuries, but modern bikes only emerged fairly recently. Once merely a novelty, bicycles are now a multi-billion dollar industry and a part of human culture on nearly every corner of the Earth. With the Tour de France winding down this week, we've rounded up some fun bicycle facts.

Pedal Power

A first bike is the childhood equivalent of a driver's license, but those familiar, two-wheeled, pedal-powered machines (and the outdoor trails best for riding them) aren't just for kids — bicycles transformed the nature of human mobility and are even a great way to get around in some cities. The two-wheeler concept dates back centuries, but modern bikes only emerged fairly recently. Once merely a novelty, bicycles are now a multi-billion dollar industry and a part of human culture on nearly every corner of the Earth. With the Tour de France winding down this week, we've rounded up some fun bicycle facts.

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