There are many types of bicycles:
mountain bike – racing bike – electric bicycle – children’s bicycle – girl’s bike – penny farthing
Bicycles are a quiet, clean means of transport and give exercise to the rider. If everybody rode bicycles, there would be less pollution and people would be healthier.
Listen to this song about a bicycle (pushbike):
Past Continuous and Past Simple
I was riding along on my pushbike, Honey, when I noticed you.
You looked so pretty as you were riding along.
You looked so pretty as you were singing this song.
Well I pushed my feet and I started catching up but you were pedaling harder too.
Link to notes on past continuous tense
Down up – pedal – down up down
I have got to get across to the other side of town before the sun goes down.
Present Continuous Tense
We are riding along on a bicycle that was built for two.
I am looking at my honey in the rear-view mirror and now I have got a better view.
A Different Version
Link to a different version of the song without lyrics. Listen and see how much you can understand:
The Pushbike Song with Historic Film of Melbourne
The Parts of a Bicycle
Let’s look at the parts of a bicycle:
the handlebars – you grip them with your hands
the wheels – they carry the bicycle along
the front wheel and the back wheel – they have hubs, spokes, rims and tyres with tubes.
the pedals – they are used to pedal the bike and move it along on its wheels
the gears – they are used to move the chain to a different cog
The Bicycle or the Car
Do you agree that the bicycle is the best invention in the history of the world or do you prefer the car?
Link to a lesson about cars:
Did you learn to ride a bicycle at school?