The bicycle was invented in France. The old bicycle was quite different from the present day bicycle. The bicycle consist of a pair of pedals, a pair of brakes and a handle.
Its solid tyres have been replaced by pneumatic tyres. They are made of Indian rubber. The wheels are revolved by the feet of the rider. His feet act upon the pedals. When the cyclist wants to stop the cycle, he draws in the brakes. The machine comes to a dead stop. We can turn the front wheel either to the right or to the left by handle. So we can give any direction to the machine.
We can go on our cycle where we like. We need to roads for this purpose though roads we more suited to cycling. As we travel along on cycle, we enjoy fresh air. Outdoor life provides us many advantages. New scenes meet our eyes. Our mind is free from the serious thoughts. We forget bitterness of life so long as we are on the bicycle.
Cycle is a boon to those who live in cities. They have many chances to enjoy the nature. They are quite strangers to the natural scenes. Many of them cannot go out of the town for many reasons. To these people the cycle is of great use. It enables them to go to the country. There they can enjoy beautiful scenes of nature.
Besides pleasures cycling teaches us something. When we travel on it the neighboring area of city, we learn something. We get opportunity to know the history and geography of places we visit.
A cyclist need not to travel alone. He can always travel in the company of his friend. As they cycle along, merrily goes the talk. When they see some beautiful object, they can stop to enjoy it. They pass their time in laughing, talking and cracking jokes. Thus their time passes in merry making.
Cycling is a kind of outdoor exercise. It improves our health. But we should not make too much use of it. Cycle is the cheapest means of conveyance. A good cycle can be had a little over eight hundred rupees. It will remain in good order for several years.
The usefulness of the cycle is admitted on all hands. It is a poor man's car. It is a time-saving machine. We can travel on it eight or ten kilometers a day. It is cheap too. Hence its use is growing day by day among the busy people who cannot afford motorcycle or car.