The word Velo is used frequently in the world of biking, but what does it mean?
As well as being French for bicycle, Velo means speed, rapid and swift in Latin.
The origins of the bicycle are shrouded in mystery and it is not possible to attribute its invention to any single person. However the early ancestors of the modern bicycle date back to the early 1800s.
In 1817, Charles Baron von Drais, of Sauerbrun, devised a front-wheel capable of being steered. He also gave it a padded saddle, and an armrest in front of his body, which assisted him in exerting force against the ground. Granted a patent in 1818, he took his Draisienne to Paris, where it was again patented and acquired the name vélocipède, a term that was to continue in use until about 1869 when the word “bicycle” came into use.
Cycling Quotes & Inspirations
"Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur" - Henri Desgrange
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race"- Herbert George Wells
"Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F Kennedy
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days” – Unknown