Why do we love the bicycle? Cycling began its life as a leisure pursuit for middle-aged and wealthy men. Sophie and Neil discuss the bike’s mass appeal, from helping to widen the human gene pool to blazing a trail for the women’s movement.
This week’s question
Who invented the first pneumatic – or air-filled – cycle tyre in 1888? Was it …
a) John Boyd Dunlop?
b) Charles Goodyear?
c) Harvey Samuel Firestone?
You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.
a piece of clothing worn under a dress or skirt
shock and anger
the collection of genes in a particular population
an enthusiasm for something that doesn’t last very long
(adjective) something that is fashionable but not for long