West is Best
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.