Cycling, we may call it bicycling or can say biking whichever seems pleasant to us. The people who take a ride or use bicycles are called bicyclists, bikers, or cyclists. It is a mode of exercise, recreation, sport, or transport in particular as a major objective. The interesting fact is cycling generally considered two-wheeled bicycles also happen to include taking a ride and/or riding of quadricycles, tricycles, and unicycles.
Since the 19th century, we have been using bicycles as our prime source of transportation globally to the extent of one billion users worldwide, is preferred for short to moderate distances. There are a number of health-related benefits beside cycling considered as a sporting activity at the comfort of easier parking compared to motor vehicles, increased maneuverability with the added advantage of fossil fuel unnecessary consumption resulting in less air and noise pollution, reduced traffic congestion worries leading to financial cost saving which could otherwise become a liability to maintain roads in good condition. Cycling provides us a regular source of physical exercise and as per WHO – World Health Organization cycling facilitates cancer risk reduction, diabetes control, heart-related disease, mental health improvement. The amazing disadvantage in bicycle is the rider is supposed to keep himself or herself balanced so as to remain upright.
Utility Cycling is useful both in terms of commuting on daily basis, general delivery services, such as, lunchboxes or bakery products loaded on trailers driven by bicycles, newspapers, and at the same time carrying out activities of commercial nature, that is, commuting within the factories or outside for official assignments, goods transportation in urban surroundings. In many countries’ utility bicycles are used for their postal services, especially paramedic services in London. These utility bicycles are commonly used by Police as well.
People of all ages use bicycles for recreation, which has created a popular term cyclo-tourism involving exploration, sightseeing or touring countryside for the sake of leisure and/or fun. This is actually very popular in Netherlands, France and other countries.
Mountain bicycles are very sought-after product among the teenagers in urban and rural environment, which is in fact a downhill sport, takes place on dirt roads locations, purpose-built parks or trails. The riders are experts in performing various amazing tricks to onlookers applaud, that is, 360s, backflips, front flips and tail whips. The interesting fact to be noted here mountain cycling sport is not limited to downhill it is also enjoyed in the form of all mountain, cross country which is also called XC, ENDURO, free ride, and trail.
Since the advent of bicycles, competitions, or contests started taking place and developed so as to promote a healthy atmosphere and motivation globally. In the earlier times, contests were injuries laden on account of boneshaker style bicycles. During the Golden Age of Cycling in 1890 large races started taking place globally. It is to be noted that during mid-20th century cycling saw a decline in the form of a minority sport in the US whereas, in Europe cycling continues to be widely recognized as a major sport in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom particularly. Tour de France the most famous bicycle racing event globally began in 1903 and continues as of today attracting keen attention of the sporting enthusiasts worldwide.