The bicycle has been around for longer than most would probably assume. The original prototype was invented in Germany in 1817. However, the term “bicycle” wasn’t coined until the 1860s in France. There is also a sketch attributed to a student of Leonardo da Vinci that is claimed to be from as early as 1493. The authenticity of this sketch has undergone much debate. Barry Dufrene is an avid cyclist who makes time to ride every single day around his home in southern Louisiana.
Since the 1800s there have been countless different versions of the bicycle including 3 and 4 wheeled variations, bicycles with one large wheel and one small, and even an early design that was foot propelled with no pedals. The evolution of the bicycle even continues today with such hybrids like the 2005 Giant Innova and the 2008 Nazca Fuego.
Bicycling has many benefits – which is probably a large part of why it has remained popular throughout the centuries. It serves as an energy efficient mode of transport that is quicker than walking and more private than public transportation. Bicycling also provides excellent aerobic exercise – strengthening the lungs and heart as well as the muscles of the legs and core. The sport is also a fun recreational past time that serves as a means of bonding between friends and relatives. Some people such as Lance Armstrong even employ cycling as a career.
Barry Dufrene is dedicated to this sport and amassed one thousand miles in the year 2014 alone. He intends to continue his love for cycling for many years to come.