(redirected from Bicyclists)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


light, two-wheeled vehicle driven by pedals. The name velocipede is often given to early forms of the bicycle and to its predecessor, the dandy horse, a two-wheeled vehicle moved by the thrust of the rider's feet upon the ground. Probably the first practical dandy horse was the draisine, originated c.1816 by Baron Karl Drais von Sauerbronn, chief forester of the duchy of Baden, to facilitate his inspection tours. Introduced into England in 1818, it was slowly improved, and c.1839 Kirkpatrick MacMillan, a Scottish blacksmith, developed a machine propelled by foot treadles and incorporating cranks, driving rods, and handlebars. The French inventor Ernest Michaux introduced in 1855 a heavy crank-driven bicycle. This was perfected c.1865 by Pierre Lallement, whose velocipede, known as a "boneshaker," ran on ironclad wooden rims, the front wheel larger than the rear. Major improvements followed rapidly, including a light, hollow steel frame, ball bearings, tangential metal spokes, and solid rubber tires.

By the 1880s the front wheel had attained a diameter up to 64 in. (163 cm). Although the larger the wheel, the greater the potential speed, size was limited by the length of the rider's legs, and speed by their strength. The safer tricycle, a three-wheeled vehicle similar to the bicycle, also enjoyed a vogue in the 1880s, especially among women and short men. The safety bicycle, with wheels of approximately equal diameter and a sprocket-chain drive connecting the pedals with the rear wheels, was first manufactured at Coventry, England, c.1885 by the English machinist James Starley; following the invention of the pneumatic tire in 1888 by the Scot John Dunlop, the safety bicycle superseded the high-wheeled form. Subsequent modifications include the freewheel (a rear wheel that turns freely when the pedals are stopped), the coaster brake, the hand brake, variable drive gear, and adjustable handlebars.

In the 1880s cycling became a fad of major proportions in the United States and Europe. Bicycle clubs were formed; both sexes participated in rides into the country, often on tandem bicycles. The League of American Wheelmen, organized in 1880, was a leader in the agitation for good roads. Although cycling declined in the United States with the introduction of automobiles, it has recently grown in popularity, notably since the introduction in the 1970s of wide-tired, off-road "mountain bikes." In many parts of the world the bicycle remains a more important means of transportation than the automobile. See also bicycle racingbicycle racing
or cycling,
an internationally popular sport conducted on closed courses or the open road. Track racing takes place at a velodrome, usually a banked 1,093.6 ft (.333 km) oval.
..... Click the link for more information.
; motorcyclemotorcycle,
motor vehicle whose design is based on the bicycle. The German inventor Gottlieb Daimler is generally credited with building the first practical motorcycle in 1885. The motorcycle did not become dependable and popular, however, until after 1900.
..... Click the link for more information.


See D. V. Herlihy, Bicycle (2004); M. Glaskin, Cycling Science (2012); T. Hadland and H.-E. Lessing, Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History (2014).

What does it mean when you dream about a bicycle?

Getting somewhere through personal effort. Depending on one’s childhood experiences, bicycles can also represent the freedom of youth. There is also an idiomatic expression, “like a fish needs a bicycle,” which refers to something one does not need.


(mechanical engineering)
A human-powered land vehicle with two wheels, one behind the other, usually propelled by the action of the rider's feet on the pedals.


a vehicle with a tubular metal frame mounted on two spoked wheels, one behind the other. The rider sits on a saddle, propels the vehicle by means of pedals that drive the rear wheel through a chain, and steers with handlebars on the front wheel


All vehicles symbolize our passage through the journey of life. Since the bicycle is usually acquired earlier in life than a car, it could be pointing out some of your adolescent tendencies. If you are a teenager, then it may be a routine way of getting around. Riding a bicycle in your dream may symbolize a need for balance and hard work in order for you to succeed in a current endeavor. Some think that the bicycle could also represent your need for some type of assistance. Consider all of the details in your dream, including whether you are traveling up or down the road.
References in periodicals archive ?
are by bicycle, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do.
Separated bike lanes are exclusive facilities for bicyclists that are located within or directly adjacent to the roadway.
publications and the state of traffic laws relevant to bicyclists as
She attempted to avoid the bicyclist but struck him near the center of the road, police said.
Why is the lead bicyclist in the photo riding so far out in her lane?
Morris said that bicyclists tend to be a self-selected group who are very enthusiastic about their mode of transportation.
8220;Sharing the road is a two-way street -- Bicyclists and drivers need to each do their part,” said Ed Barsotti, executive director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, the statewide group that proposed the plates.
CRW Engineering Group is at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists.
and Puerto Rico, "complete streets" policies require a focus on all transportation users--including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and older adults--when planning transportation projects.
Several bicyclists had complained that LAPD officers do not understand the laws regarding bicyclists and are unsympathetic to their problems.
Majority of the bicyclists, said the officer, is disobeying the safety regulations and peddle along the high speed traffic on main roads.
Great scientific advances on the fringes of society, as "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today" tells us how even in the modern day, those who we may shun as outcasts may in the future be the bringers of exciting new technology and concepts.