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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

D. Bruce Panasuk, MD

Chief of Surgery, Wilmington VA Medical Center

Executive Wellness Director, Kelly Benefits Strategies


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The Noblest Invention

  • The History of the Bicycle


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The Noblest Invention

Bicycle

Bi = Two

Kyklos = Circle, Wheel





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The Vélocipède ("fast foot")

a.k.a. the "boneshaker“, circa 1866




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The origin of the term “breakneck speed”





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Cyrille Van Houwaert –

Dominant early rider in the Paris-Roubaix Classic

1908-1911




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“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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First “Modern” Derailleur, circa forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting 1949


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1970 forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting


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2010 forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting


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2010 forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting


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May 21, 2010 forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting


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  • Value of Cycling

    Physical

    Mental

    Emotional

    Social

    Organizational

    Environmental

    Economic


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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