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Mar
09

Bicycles- “Instruments of the Devil”

“Sabbath breaking and nonattendance in church increased markedly. At first ministers and priests called bicycles instruments of the devil, until succumbing to the joys of it themselves.” The birth of the bicycle drew more than religious condemnation. As shameless women leaped into the saddle, doctors warned against “bicycle walk” and kyphosis bicyclistarium.
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It seems this bike I found is somewhat famous its got a poster of it.

https://otway.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/new-schwinn/

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Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike

 

The Airdyne® Exercise Bike is simply smart. Wind resistance is exponential, so the harder you pedal, the higher the resistance becomes. This naturally provides the right workout for both a novice exerciser and an elite athlete.

The striking exception is the Airdyne®. This is a fun device, a bicycle that invites you to join it every day and spend twenty minutes to a half hour having a good time. Its unusual propeller mechanism is not merely unique, but creates a sense of satisfaction in the rider. There’s a tactile pleasure created by the movement of the air to say nothing of that satisfying little breeze. I do it every day just for the pure pleasure. The fact that this remarkable invention is keeping me fit, providing a good cardio workout, and in a real sense, lengthening my life, is a fringe benefit. But a fringe benefit of enormous proportions (my doctor has confirmed that over the last three months there is a substantial difference in my health).

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This is the one I’d like if I hadn’t found one…

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