• Oh, did you see a gentleman on a bicycle
    Oh, did you see a gentleman on a bicycle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bicycle ride a bicycle
    • n bicycle a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
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Safety bicycle Safety bicycle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Netherlands, there are special traffic lanes for bicycles. There are approximately 17,000 kms of cycle lanes with special bicycle traffic lights.
    • n Bicycle A light vehicle having two wheels one behind the other. It has a saddle seat and is propelled by the rider's feet acting on cranks or levers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pedals were added to the bicycle in 1839.
    • n bicycle A modification of the two-wheeled velocipede (which see). The velocipede of 1869 was worked by treadles operating cranks on the axle of the front wheel. This was modified by greatly increasing the relative size of the driving-wheel and bringing the rider directly over it. Later the “safety” bicycle was introduced, in which the wheels were made of more nearly equal size, and for the direct action upon the front wheel was substituted indirect action upon the rear wheel, by means of a chain and sprocket-wheels, the diameters of the sprocket-wheels being so proportioned as to compensate the decrease in size of the driving-wheel.
    • bicycle To ride on a bicycle.
    • n bicycle A traveling block used on a cable in steam-skidding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The amount of drag or air resistance produced by putting your bicycle on top of your car is so great that on a trip from England to Scotland it would be cheaper to send it by train because of the fuel consumption to overcome the drag
    • n Bicycle bī′si-kl a cycle or velocipede with two wheels furnished with rubber tires, arranged one before the other, impelled by pedals, and steered by transverse handles affixed to the front wheel—also Bike (colloq.)
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  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “Getting older is like riding a bicycle, if you don't keep pedalling, you'll fall.”
  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop peddling.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
  • Jose Antonio Viera Gallo
    Jose Antonio Viera Gallo
    “Socialism can only arrive by bicycle.”
  • Helen Keller
    “Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. bi-, + cycle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from L. bi-, bis, twice, and Gr. kyklos, a circle.


In literature:

I can climb down the ivy, and I left Wendy's bicycle outside last night on purpose.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
I take out my camera every day on my bicycle, and I photograph.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
A. Zimmerman made a mile on a Safety bicycle in 2 min.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
I made his acquaintance over my bicycle.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
But Joe Strong knew that a swiftly moving motor-cycle or bicycle has a very strong tendency to follow a straight course.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
He didn't know but it might be something that went with a bicycle.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
When the bicycle had gone by he laughed.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
A man should always wait for a lady to mount, holding the bicycle.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
It was one of them called Scott who told me of Dane's coming on the motor-bicycle to Rickwell.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
If you don't want to hear about that, then I shall have to pass on to you a few facts about his motor-bicycle.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne

In poetry:

She could feel his hot breath behind her,
He was going to overtake;
And the bicycle went slower and slower
Because of that back-pedal break.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
When I taught Ida how to ride a
Bicycle that night,
I ran beside her, just to guide her
Erring wheel aright;
And many times there in the street
She rode upon my weary feet.
"Ridden Down" by Ellis Parker Butler
The bicycles ride large along the way.
Winter passes along before our eyes.
The first cold hands appear.
Slaughtered pigs are hung out to die;
sobering the purple nerves of farmers.
"November" by Gerrit Achterberg
Trace me your wheel-tracks, you fortunate bicycle,
Out of the shopping and into the dark,
Back down the avenue, back to the pottingshed,
Back to the house on the fringe of the park.
"Myfanwy" by Sir John Betjeman
If one's heart is broken twenty times a day,
What easier thing than to fling the bits away,
But still one gathers fragments, and looks for wire,
Or patches it up like some old bicycle tire.
"Daily" by Ivor Gurney
Bicycle tires fare hardly on roads, but the heart
Has an easier time than rubber, they sheathe a cart
With iron, so lumbering and slow my mind must be made,
To bother the heart and to teach things and leam it its trade.
"Daily" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

Mexico's federal district (DF) government plans to spend 116mn pesos (US$8.66mn) on the expansion of the Ecobici public bicycle hire system.
If you are looking to burn calories, then hop on a bicycle - in the gym.
Bicycle polo players don't horse around .
Bicycles and bike parts, along with mallets and balls, were strewn along the sidelines of Winthrop Polo Field on Nov 19.
Bicycle, with or without Icicle .
Competitor Zachary Castonguay had to haul such items as a bucket of gravel, a bicycle and a tree stump.
It is not every man you would want to share a tandem bicycle with.
In 1890, Louis Munson made the trek on a bicycle that rides on tracks.
Erin Hartwell, a two-time Olympic medalist and many time world and national sprint champion, is a 2012 inductee into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Fixed-gear bicycles are the scourge of modern bike fashion.
There are a lot of great hills in Seattle, and many of them would be amazing to ride down on your bicycle willy-nilly without so much as touching the brakes.
(e) Continuing straight at an intersection where the bicycle lane or path is to the right of a lane from which a motor vehicle must turn right.
HOLBROOK, NY (BRAIN)—Three Asian factories for Iron Horse Bicycle Company have filed an involuntary petition for bankruptcy against the bike company in an effort to recoup more than $5 million in back debt.
With bicycle check-ups, safety adjustments, and fix-a-flat demos, plus Bike Shepherd registration and Yuba Cargo Bike rentals provided by Bay Area Bikes.
Jakarta 's congested streets have some commuters promoting bicycling.

In science:

With this choice of r , the expected number of bicycles in the implication graph is o(1) and therefor the formula is satisfiable whp.
Random k-SAT and the Power of Two Choices
The first step is to analyze the distribution of bicyclic components; then, in section 12, the same ideas are shown to yield the joint distribution of all kinds of components.
The birth of the giant component
A complex multigraph of excess 1 must consist of a single bicyclic component, so E1 (z) is the function we called W (z) in (3.7).
The birth of the giant component
As an example of Lemma 1, let us derive explicitly the generating function E 1 (z) = C 1 (z) for all smooth bicyclic multigraphs.
The birth of the giant component
For example, we can determine the conditional probability that a random graph with 1 2 n edges has a bicyclic component of each of the three types in (9.15), given that it has excess 1.
The birth of the giant component