Is the Bicycle The Poor Man’s Mode Of Transportation ?
The bicycle has for long been used by people, mostly from the economically backward classes as a mode of transportation and has perhaps lived up to its reputation of being a good method of commuting for a number of people. This could possibly give an impression that people from the higher classes do not use the bicycle except to show off. However, this cannot be said to be true because there is a long list of celebrities who have used bicycles for reasons of their own. Some of these people could easily have afforded automobiles of their choice but still did not leave aside the bicycle and continued to use them, even after they gained recognition.
If the present generation thinks that the bicycle should only be used to get some exercise or to go on a casual ride they will not be giving the bicycle the respect it deserves. They would maybe begin thinking differently if they got to know that even people like Albert Einstein and Leo Tolstoy used bicycles and could perhaps even get the feeling, they are emulating such famous characters. This is not to impress upon people that they should use bicycles just because celebrities had used them. It is just to give them information that this mode of transportation has been used by and is still being used by people who became famous and continued using their bicycles whenever required.
Will the use of bicycles make people famous in any way? It would be difficult to give a positive answer to the question because the celebrities we speak about had a talent of their own, which may or may not be present in every individual. The celebrities used the bicycles before they became famous and even after and therefore, it cannot be confirmed that it was the bicycle which gave them their status. However, there is no reason for the ordinary layperson to believe he or she will be left behind just because they decided to grow up by using a bicycle. The bicycle could very well bring out a hidden talent within them making it possible for the individual to think about doing things that had never done before.
Information is easily available about how Elvis Presley used bicycles during the days he was not as famous as he later became. Film Personality Robin Williams, former President Jimmy Carter and even Barack Obama has used bicycles though it must be said that two of the three could perhaps be staying away from the bicycle presently. Moreover, there is no information available about whether they are still active and using bicycles in public regularly.
If you are looking for a list of famous people who have used bicycles it will not be difficult for you to lay your hands on one. You just need to browse along the Internet to get the inspiration you need to begin cycling if you have been staying away from this activity during this time.
This discussion is not trying to give you information that people became famous simply because they used a bicycle. It is quite possible that some of them did not have other methods to move around while the others concluded they wanted to use bicycles for reasons of their own. There is nothing to show that they gained celebrity status by using bicycles because they certainly had other talents, which they put to good use. Therefore, it would be wrong for you to believe you too could see a change in your life if you decide to cycle around although it is quite potential for you to come across a talent within yourselves, which you did not discover.
The exercise you get from cycling around could make you think differently making it likely for you to believe there are things you should be doing which you thought were impossible. Data is available to show that people who exercise regularly remain active throughout the day as compared to those who do not get the exercise. A study conducted on people who used bicycles to get to and from work every day revealed they could outperform others during working hours. It clearly goes to show that there are advantages, which will come your way if you think about bicycles differently to begin believing the poor man’s mode of transport can indeed bring rich dividends to you.
Presently, it is no longer possible to classify the bicycle as a method of commuting just for the poor. Looking at the advantages that bicycles offer in terms of exercise, uninterrupted speed and an eco-friendly method of transportation bicycles are now being used by almost everyone. Countries like Denmark and The Netherlands have a special place for users of bicycles even creating for them different tracks on which they can move around without having to worry about being knocked away by a motorist. Copenhagen is known as the capital of cyclists in the world where every second individual is known to have a bicycle of his or her own.
The days when the bicycle made a humble beginning have long gone past because you will no longer be able to see a bicycle of the past unless you come across an antique that has been restored. Numerous changes have been seen in bicycles making them not just expensive but in some cases even unaffordable. You can certainly purchase a bicycle of the affordable variety or decide to splurge some money on yourselves and get one custom-designed for you. The choice about how much you spend on a bicycle will definitely depend upon you. If you have decided on the latter and have a bicycle specifically designed for you we are certain you will no longer have the luxury of calling the bicycle a poor man’s mode of transportation.
If you have decided to spend money on a bicycle, we strongly suggest you consider a number of factors that will prove beneficial to you rather than just think about the bicycle as a method of transportation for the poor. We are certain you will soon realize the advantages of cycling around rather than using your car. It could even bring to the fore talents you thought you never possessed making you a different individual altogether.