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On your bike

 

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.

Vocabulary

pneumatic
air-filled

voluminous
large

petticoat
a piece of clothing worn under a dress or skirt

rational
logical

pantaloons
baggy trousers

cinched
gathered in

outrage
shock and anger

emancipation
freedom

shore up
support

gene pool
the collection of genes in a particular population

fad
an enthusiasm for something that doesn’t last very long

faddish
(adjective) something that is fashionable but not for long

November 10, 2016

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