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The Noblest Invention. D. Bruce Panasuk, MD Chief of Surgery, Wilmington VA Medical Center Executive Wellness Director, Kelly Benefits Strategies. The Noblest Invention. The History of the Bicycle. The Noblest Invention. Bicycle Bi = Two Kyklos = Circle, Wheel.

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the noblest invention
The Noblest Invention

D. Bruce Panasuk, MD

Chief of Surgery, Wilmington VA Medical Center

Executive Wellness Director, Kelly Benefits Strategies

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  • The History of the Bicycle
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Bi = Two

Kyklos = Circle, Wheel


The Vélocipède ("fast foot")

a.k.a. the "boneshaker“, circa 1866


Cyrille Van Houwaert –

Dominant early rider in the Paris-Roubaix Classic



“I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn\'t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting

soft... As for me, give me a

fixed gear!”

– Henri Desgrange, c. 1935

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  • Value of Cycling








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  • Versatility of Cycling

Effective Exercise and Efficient Transportation

Cooperation and Competition

Community and Solitude

Pleasure and Pain

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  • Nobility of Cycling

Simplicity and Brilliance

Engine and Fuel

Pilot and Passenger

Man plus Machine

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“It would not be strange at all if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of he bicycle was the greatest invention of the nineteenth century.”

– Author Unknown

“When Man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it…Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”

– Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills