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A Classic Name In Cycling

Cycling can be defined as the act of riding a cycle, be it a bicycle, a unicycle, a tricycle, or what have you. Cycling can be done for recreational purposes, for exercise and fitness purposes, and even as a competitive sport.

Cycling has been around for a long time. In fact, it has been around longer than one might think. It is said that the first rough draft and layout of a bicycle was created in the 1400s by one famous inventor, artist, and Renaissance man by the name of Leonardo DaVinci.

Wherever cycling originated from, it is safe to say that cycling is universal. It is a sport that can be enjoyed by most everyone young and old alike. If you don not know what a bicycle is, chances are you have probably been hiding under a rock for all of your life.

When many think of bicycles and brands of bicycles, one name may come into mind frequently. Schwinn is a classic name in bicycles and cycling, and they have been around for more than a century.

I have not been around for even half as long as that, but I have heard many stories from my parents of good times when they were young and when they would spend time after school and during summer riding around the neighborhood with their friends on their bicycles. If you had a Schwinn bicycle and was seen riding around on it, this made you cool and the absolute envy of all your childhood friends. One of the ultimate cruiser bikes to have ever been made is the Schwinn Stin-gray.

Some Schwinn Bicycle History

Schwinn is an American bicycle company that was founded and established in 1895 by a man name Ignaz Schwinn. Just in case you are wondering, Schwinn is a German name, and Mr. Ignaz Schwinn was born in Germany.

Schwinn bicycles were popular in the early and mid 1900s, and have since been dubbed an American classic in bicycle brands. Today, Schwinn still produces some of the classics that they are known for such as the Sting-ray and Black Phantom. Schwinn also produces stationary bicycles such as the Schwinn Airdyne and road bikes such as the Schwinn Paramount.

Schwinn Oldies but Goodies

Up until this day, Schwinn bicycles are still produced. However, the classic Schwinn bikes made in earlier times have become a highly prized collectors item by Schwinn collectors and enthusiasts.

Choosing the Right Cycling

Athletic shoes used to be a specialty niche – one which did not provide much in the way of options until very recently. However, now you can find hundreds of different brands and styles of shoes for essentially every sport. Cycling, with its recent and meteoric rise in popularity, has enjoyed a similar growth and thus choosing cycling shoes can be both fun and somewhat complex.

For the Casual Cyclist

For those that do not spend that much time cycling – maybe a few hours a week as basic recreation or transportation – specialty shoes are probably unnecessary. Good tennis shoes or running shoes will often do the trick. For these individuals, any shoe with a solid grip will be effective. The only advice you should heed is to stay away from casual walking shoes or old tennis shoes with worn down soles or holes. Also, try not to wear shoes with long, loose laces that cannot be restrained.

For the Active Cyclist

For someone that is more active in the sport, the options are more plentiful and a good, dedicated cycling shoe is recommended. As mentioned above, a shoe that provides a good grip is vital. Not only can a loose sole result in slippage and injury; a good, stiff sole will allow you to transfer more energy from your motion to the pedals and thus you will perform better.

The choices for avid cyclists are many and will often depend on your style of bike, personal preferences, and past experience. The first and most common type of cycling shoe has a clip attached to the toe to keep your foot firmly planted on the pedal at all times. This will ensure that you do not lose your grip and cause an accident. These shoes provide optimum energy transfer and are best for road cyclists.

For a mountain biker, this type of shoe would be incredibly dangerous. Therefore, different shoes are required for offroad cycling. It is vital to be able to get on and off of a bike almost instantly when riding in rough terrain or on big hills, especially with the heightened risk of falling that accompanies these routes. In addition, mountain biking shoes need to be able to double as a sturdy hiking shoe or boot because you may be forced to hike a ways or carry your bicycle over especially harsh terrain while on a ride.

The closures on professional cycling shoes will vary as well, offering different choices for different riding styles. Laces are always a popular choice, while Velcro is the usual selection for professionals whose feet are planted to the pedal. You want to choose a shoe that will be comfortable and allow you to feel safe while pedaling. If Velcro provides that feeling of safety, consider buying a Velcro shoe.

When exercising, you must consider and purchase the right kind of equipment, especially as you begin to cycle more often and more intensely. Without the right shoes, you risk not only injuring your leg or foot, but causing unnecessary pain in your lower body and losing a good percentage of the energy being transferred from your legs to the pedals. For efficiency, safety, and general enjoyment, consider a pair of dedicated cycling shoes.

The History of Cycling

The history of cycling is one that dates back as far as the 1800s. It is one of great importance and complexity, and especially if you are a cycling enthusiast yourself, you should be educated on the history of cycling so you can understand it better and give it the respect that it deserves.

What Started it All

Although it was in the early 1400s when a man named Giovanni Fontana built the first human powered land vehicle, it was not until 1817 when the first actual bicycle was developed. Invented by Karl Drais in response to the widespread starvation and slaughtering of horses, Drais was considered as a hero for his part in the history of cycling by many.

The safety bike was created in 1890, and this model was considered as being much safer than those in the past, most of which had one wheel much larger than the other. The safety bike was invented using metal that was strong enough to make a fine chain and a sprocket that was small and light enough for a human being to power.

Mass Bicycle Production

Mass production of the bicycle began in the year 1890, and the early nineties when bicycles began their run of intense popularity. This marked an important period in the history of cycling, and it was after this that bicycles began to have important uses, including for messenger services. The bicycle messenger business services really began in the sunny state of California, when a railway strike halted mail delivery service and a shop owner came up with the idea of using bicycles to deliver the mail.

Popularity

The history of cycling then continued on with several more important dates standing out, including the year 1986 when Nielson and Department of the Interior surveys showed that, as a participatory sport, cycling was the world’s third most popular, aside from general exercise and swimming.

Cycling is an incredible sport, popular and great for the body. With a healthy, well balanced diet and basic physical activity, cycling will make a great part of a weight management routine and can help you not only to lose weight but to keep it off.

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity which means that it is also good for the lungs, and helps the heart. This is important because a strong heart and powerful lungs help to form the basis of general fitness. Even if you can only get out cycling for a few minutes each day you will still be do yourself a world of good.