Travelling great distances by bicycle can be one of the greatest adventures and challenges a cyclist can experience in a lifetime of riding. Those who ride regularly already know the joy of cycling, the increased intimacy with their world, as well as the rush of a successful riding experience.
If one was to review the history and development of the bicycle, they would encounter a number of interesting and unexpected facts. Most people would be amazed to learn that the first bicycles didn't even have pedals. Instead, they required the rider to run along with their feet, and use the wheels for propulsion.