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A Tribute to the Bike

The bike is a marvel of human engineering.  A way to transport people in an energy efficient manner, quickly and under their own power.  Gears! What can you say about gears! OMG... incredible gears, affording us the ability to shift and find the right gearing to make it up a steep hill, or to go faster when you have a tailwind.  And let's not forget the wheels... round hoops that roll along the surface, tensioned ingeniously by spokes.  Simply develop the balance to stay upright, pedal, and you're leveraging the benefits of one of the most incredible inventions of mankind EVER... The Bike. Just me... on my Bike. As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of the Bike. I started riding one as a kid around my neighborhood with my friends. It was a black framed Huffy.  Loved that gave us the freedom and independence to get around without relying on our parents.  We'd race them around the neighborhood, jump over stuff, and just have a great time. Great memories... eve
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