West is Best

Let's Travel - - NEW ZEALAND -

When it comes to putting feet on ped­als, it could be claimed that Ki­wis are pretty much late bloomers. The Dutch and the Ger­mans have been on two wheels for al­most two cen­turies, with this par­tic­u­lar form of trans­port be­ing in­vented by one of their own in 1817. His­tory ac­tu­ally records that a Ger­man baron, one Karl von Drais (1785 – 1851), was re­spon­si­ble for such a cre­ation, lodg­ing a patent for what was the world’s first two-wheeled hu­man-pro­pelled ma­chine.

Clearly those of us who dwell Down Un­der are fast catch­ing up with the rest of the globe. The move­ment of peo­ple from mo­torised trans­porta­tion to self-pro­pelled, two-wheeled ma­chines is rapidly gath­er­ing pace, on both sides of the Tas­man.

Even those who last sat on a sad­dle dur­ing their child­hood are now dip­ping their toes into a brave new world of cy­cling, on-road or off.

Bikes of all shapes and sizes, and at all price lev­els, are lit­er­ally fly­ing out of the doors of cy­cle shops through­out New Zealand. It’s as though his­tory is re­peat­ing it­self. A strange phe­nom­e­non has, ob­vi­ously, over­taken the pop­u­la­tion.

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