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The Noblest Invention

The bicycle has been called the Noblest Invention and when you step back, hold it at arm’s length and consider its salient characteristics it’s easy to see why. Swift, elegant, cheap, easy to repair, environmentally friendly, almost glib in its 19th century simplicity, it can transport you wherever you want to go, near or far, at the drop of a hat and for free. What’s more you can do it all without so much as a by-your-leave to those jealous authorities who monitor, tax and surcharge our every movement these days. Imagine it: no paperwork, licenses, bureaucracy, taxes or permits. It requires no fuel other than calories. There’s no parking issues, no gridlock, invisible to speed cameras and it leaves nary a carbon footprint behind.  

And at the end of the day it’s lightweight enough to tuck under your arm and carry up a flight of stairs.