Most Expensive Bicycle Ever Sold
Bicycle, often called as ‘bike’, is a human powered, pedal-driven, single track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is most commonly called as a cyclist or sometimes a bicyclist.
Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and now numbered more than a billion worldwide, twice as may as automobiles. They are the principal means of transportation in many places. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children’s toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services and bicycle racings.
The basic shape and configuration of typical upright or safety bicycle has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a modification and specialized designs on bicycles.
The bicycle’s invention has had enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. There have been several factors that eventually became the developmental point of the automobile for the invention of modern bicycle has been discovered then and since then as successfully modernized the traditional bicycle.
The dandy horse, also called Draisienne or laufmaschine, was actually the very first human means of transportation to utilize two wheels in pair. It was known to be invented by the German Baron Karl von Drais. It has been named as the modern bicycle’s forerunner. 1817 summer in Mannheim and 1818 in Paris, Drias released it to the public and it became sensational.
Now, the first mechanically inclined, two wheeler vehicle was built by Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839, and since then, there has been claim of it being disputed. He is also associated with the first recorded instance of a cycling traffic offense, when a Glasgow newspaper in 1842 reported an accident in which knocked over a little girl in Glasgow and was fined five shillings.
Bicycling is fun but it can also cost you a fortune if you want to drive the one which boasts high-end craftsmanship just like the high-end cars we all see everywhere. With the escalating fuel prices and increasing environmental concerns, even the wealthy consumers are opting in custom-made, high-end bicycles to experience the joys of pedal power every now and then. Luxury is something that could come your way in any form and if it’s simply a two-wheeler that is gold plated, studded with dazzling Swarovski crystals, made with real butterfly wings, specially designed with carbon fiber and or chrome and with really high-tech features, it definitely is worth the price and praise.
The Butterfly Trek Madone became the world’s most expensive bicycle when it was brought at auction for $500, 000. It was designed by Damien Hirst and utilized real butterfly wings. The bike was ridden by Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France. It was auctioned at the Sotheby’s for the Livestrong Foundation. Armstrong’s excitement was evident on Twitter when he tweeted during the auction that the bike had gone for $500, 000; half a million bucks.