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Noun, Verb

Pedalling is the action of pushing a bicycle's pedals with the feet in order to move the bike.

Example Usage: We pedalled up the hill together.

Most used in: Cycling communities in Europe and North America.

Most used by: Cyclists of all skill levels.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Spinning, Cranking, Revving, Mashing, Cadence, Hammering,


What is Pedalling?

Pedalling is the act of pushing down and pulling up on the pedals of a bicycle in order to move forward. It is a fundamental skill for all cyclists, and one that is necessary to master in order to ride effectively and safely. The act of pedalling also powers the bike, providing the user with the ability to go faster and farther.

The technique of pedalling requires a combination of balance, coordination, strength, and endurance. It is important to maintain a steady rhythm while pedalling, using a smooth and consistent motion, in order to efficiently propel the bike forward. Statistics show that the most efficient cadence (or rate of pedalling) is between 60 and 90 revolutions per minute.

Pedalling is a key component of any cycling activity, and one that is necessary to learn in order to become a successful cyclist. With the right technique, it can be a fun and efficient way to get around.


Origin of the Cycling Term 'Pedalling'

The term 'pedalling' was first used in England in the late 19th century. It was derived from the French verb 'pedaler', which means 'to drive with the feet'. The term was used to describe the action of pushing a bicycle's pedals with the feet. It was first used in print in 1891 in an article titled 'Cycling' in a British magazine called The Field.

In the early 20th century, the term began to be used to describe the act of riding a bicycle, and was used in various books and magazines. By the 1920s, the term had become a common part of the English language, and it was used to refer to the act of riding a bicycle.

The term 'pedalling' is still used today to describe the act of riding a bicycle. It is used in many different contexts, such as in cycling competitions and everyday conversations. The term is also used in the context of electric bicycles, as riders need to pedal in order to engage the motor.

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