The Bicycle is Born

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Like many of the world’s greatest inventions, the machine that gave rise to what we know as the bicycle was born of necessity. A string of poor harvests in Europe from 1812 led a German civil servant to develop a human-powered form of transportation to counter the reliance on horses, which were in short supply due to a scarcity of animal fee. Karl von Drais christened his 1817 invention the Laufmaschine (running machine), after the swift walking movement required of the rider in order to propel it forward.

Although his invention lacked pedals, Drais’ breakthrough was the realization that forward motion and balance could be maintained on just two wheels, an idea that he attributed to watching ice skaters. The Laufmaschine – also call the draisine, velocipede, or dandy horse –  quickly caught on, sparking a craze across Europe. By the 1820s, however, it had died out because of safety concerns.

The idea was revived in the 1860s, when pedal cranks were added to the front wheel of a velocipede in Paris. The inventor of this revolutionary improvement is not known – several claims were made in subsequent decades, none were proven beyond a doubt – but the first manufacturer to produce such machines on a organized scale was  Pierre Machaux, in 1867. Like Drais’ Laufmaschine before it, the pedal velocipede – soon named the “boneshaker” after its jarring ride – was instantly popular. For the first time, people could propel themselves while balancing on two wheels, with their feet off the ground. The bicycle was born!

-From Bicycle, The Definitive Visual History

Active Adult Newsletter – October 2018

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Don’t forget…Vaccine Talks by Dr. Anderson TODAY at Decatur Recreation Center

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Active Aging Week with Decatur Active Living

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We have lots happening at Decatur Active Living for Active Aging Week. Be sure to stop by Decatur Recreation Center to enjoy some of our activities. Please call Sara Holmes for all your questions. She may be reached at 678-553-6559 or sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Here’s a short list of some of the activities happening:

Monday: Senior Games at 1:30 pm

Tuesday: Drawing & Painting with Ms. Gussy at 10 am

Wednesday:

50+ Walks at 9 am

Vaccine Talks with Dr. Evan Anderson from Emory University at 11:30 am

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning of  Midlife & Beyond at 2:00 pm. Please register for class with Sara Holmes.

Remember, the DBA is wrapping up their September concert series this week.

Wednesday, September 26th at noon see the band Webster perform then for the grand finale see the Georgia Soul Council perform on Saturday, September 29th at 7 pm.

Free College Planning class with Capstone Financial -Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 6:30pm. Meet us at Decatur Recreation Center

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FREE Social Security class Tonight at Decatur Recreation Center

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Scott Park Update: Park now open

The Park has reopened! 

 

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Scott Park, located behind Decatur Recreation Center, is closed this morning. We are having tree work done and it is not safe for visitors. Check back for updates.

Thank you for your patience.

Family Bike Ride Cancelled

We were hoping the rain would pass but it’s not looking good. Roads are wet and unsafe for our young riders. We will try another day.

Don’t forget about our Mural Signal Box walking tour tomorrow at 10am. We’ll start and end at Decatur Recreation Center. See you there!

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Check Your Bike Before Each Ride

An easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly