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Bicycles: Riding Out In The Open
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.2

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     challenging words:    kirkpatrick, movable, spokes, tread, shift, handlebar, grip, environment, comfort, wobble, pounds, caption, fits, rear, stayed, brakes
     content words:    Kirkpatrick Macmillan


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Bicycles: Riding Out In The Open
By Jody Williams
  

1     Caption: Early bicycle before pedals
 
2     Just about all children had bicycles while growing up. They may have started with tricycles. Next came the bikes with training wheels. Then they may have advanced to bikes without training wheels, pedaling all over the place at different speeds. No matter what model or style of bike, it helps you get where you are going. Riding a bike is a lot faster than walking. Gas is not used. Repairs do not cost a lot of money. It is easy to park and is never held up in traffic. It also does not give off fumes. It is great for the environment.
 
3     Experts say that bicycles are a simple invention. The first bicycle did not have pedals or brakes. It was powered by the rider's feet. It had iron wheels. In 1839, the first pedal bicycle was invented. There were two wheels. The back wheel was larger than the front. The pedals were connected to the rear wheel with connecting rods. The seat was a piece of wood. The bicycle weighed fifty-seven pounds. Experts argue about who invented the first pedal bicycle. Kirkpatrick Macmillan is given credit by some. He was a blacksmith.

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