Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I've discovered a type of bicycling that I didn't know existed -- artistic cycling, also known as gymnastic cycling.
Here's a video of an artistic cyclist in action on Google video.
Here's the Wikipedia link describing artistic cycling.
I watched the video a couple of months ago and was very impressed. I noticed the woman in the video wore what looks like track-bicycling clothing. I assumed she was a track rider. Then I noticed the front end of the bike was really short. This indicated it was built for this purpose.
I didn't make the connection that this must be another niche in cycling. And now I know it's not a new niche either. I've also seen a video of a guy doing similar riding from 1899.
My neighbor bought a fixed gear bike this year and he spent lots of time in the alley trying to ride backwards and in tight circles. I'll have to talk to him about this. Maybe he's working on his artistic cycling skills.
I'm sorry for all the links in this post, but I don't want to merely repeat what already exists in Wikipedia. By the way, I added the link in the Wikipedia page to the 1899 video. That makes me an contributor - yeah!
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