The first modern bicycle was invented in 1885. An earlier vehicle with two inline wheels, called the Dandy Horse, was developed in Germany in 1817. Similarly, the velocipede gained attention in 1839; it resembled the modern bike except for its large front wheel and lack of a chain.
Today, bicycles serve a variety of purposes. Both children and adults enjoy riding bicycles for fun and for exercise. In crowded cities, bicycles are often used as a means of transportation to and from work. In some places, police officers, mail delivery personnel, and even the military utilize bicycles. Bikes are also used in sports such as racing, mountain biking, and BMX trick riding.
The most popular bicycle design in the world is called the Chinese Flying Pigeon. In fact, it is the most popular vehicle in the world, outranking any car with over 500 million in circulation. Some cities are constructing special bike routes to encourage this form of transportation.
Bicycles have become an important component of visual arts. Antique bicycles are sought by collectors; these are often restored and placed on display. Items such as pillows, t-shirts, and wall art featuring a bicycle motif are common. The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates urban cycling through art and music.
Would you like to add a bicycle to your own artwork? With the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial, doing so is easy. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. Would you like your bike to display bright colors? Use your crayons, markers, paints, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bike
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the front wheel of the bike.
2. Draw the bicycle’s rear wheel using a second circle.
3. Draw a slightly smaller circle within each of the previous circles. This completes the outline of the bicycle tires.
4. Begin to draw the structure of the bike. Draw a narrow, horizontal rectangle above the rear wheel. Extend a pair of diagonal, parallel lines from each of the wheels, and connect them using another set of parallel lines. Where the rear wheel’s diagonal lines meet the horizontal lines, draw an additional set of parallel, diagonal lines crossing in the opposite direction.
5. Draw another set of diagonal, parallel lines extending from the front wheel’s original set of diagonals. Enclose a curved shape overlapping the front tire, forming a fender.
6. Erase the guide lines from overlapping shapes.
7. Draw two small circles in the center of each wheel, one inside the other. For the front wheel, extend a short pair of parallel lines from the central circles; then, extend a second set of lines upwards at a slight angle from the first. Draw a circle between the wheels, and enclose a teardrop shape around it, connected to the small circles of the rear wheel. This forms the bike’s chain.
8. Extend two curved lines from the circle of the rear wheel to that in the middle, completing the bike’s chain. Enclose an irregular shape like a backwards “C” to form the handle bars. Use another irregular shape for the seat, and give it dimension by drawing a curved line across it.
9. Draw the pedal using a small rectangle, and texture it with vertical, straight lines. Use straight lines to draw the spokes extending from each wheel’s central circle to its tire.
10. Color your bike. Will it be shiny and red, or pink and sparkly? Mint green, a favorite color for vintage bikes? The choice is yours.
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