Kids activity: What bike do you like? (includes coloring, word search and more!)
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If you’re tired of being stuck at home, you probably like to spend as much time as you can outdoors. And a fun way to get around and enjoy the sunshine is on your bicycle. But did you know how many different kinds of bicycles there are?
Bicycles are fun to ride, and there are special bikes for almost every activity or place you’d want to ride. Road bikes are what you might take to get around town. Touring bikes are designed for long trips, with places to carry your stuff. Mountain bikes are sturdy with tires that can get you through areas with trees and twigs and leaves. There are also fatbikes, which have really wide tires that you can ride on snow and sand. There are several different kinds of racing bikes, too.
When you were little, you probably rode a tricycle, which has one wheel in front and two in the back. If you’re really adventurous, you might try to ride a unicycle, which has only one wheel. That requires a lot of good balance!
Special bikes for special jobs
Bicycles are fun to ride and a great way to get around, but some kinds of bicycles have been used by people for their jobs. In the early 20th century, some people rode Butcher’s Bikes, which had a large basket for carrying goods from place to place. Butchers could use them to deliver meat, but people in all trades used these bikes for their own purposes. In East Africa, there are bicycle taxis called boda-boda that people can hire to take them places. Some places (in the United States and elsewhere), you can hire a pedicab, which is a bicycle with a cart behind it where people ride. There are even firefighter bicycles outfitted with firefighting equipment (but today, firefighter motorcycles are more popular).
Bikes for friends and family
Have you ever seen people riding on a bicycle together? There are lots of ways people can do that. When you were little, you might have ridden in a child seat with a parent, or in a trailer attached to the back of your parent’s bike. Now, you might be able to pedal and ride along with an adult on a tandem bicycle, which has seats and pedals for two riders. There’s also the sociable, which has room for two people to sit side by side. There are also party bikes that can hold even more people than that!