If you’re looking to break away from the pack, here’s a handy cycling breakaway calculator. All you need is a distance and time, and we’ll do the rest.

What is cycling?

Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise, or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”.

Cycling includes many different types of riding. These include recreational cycling, commuting bicycle riding, and racing. Recumbent bicycles have been used for transportation but have been banned in some jurisdictions because of their lower efficiency at higher speeds than other kinds of bicycles. The bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839 and named after the Greek for ‘two-wheeled’.

In 2008 there were more than 500 million bikes worldwide. As of 2018, there were over 1 billion bikes in existence. Bicycles can be classified according to functions: utility bicycles (e.g., shopping bikes), mountain bicycles (e.g., cross country), road racing bikes (e.g., time trial), racing-touring bikes (e.g., cyclo-cross) and BMX/Freestyle Bikes which usually come with special features like jumps and stunts, etc. A popular form of non-competitive cycling is recreational cycling with children who ride on a small-scale replica bike known as a balance bike or run bike.

History

The bicycle evolved from its primitive forerunner, the draisine, and later velocipede, through many stages that saw the addition of mechanical improvements as well as style and elegance. By the mid-1880s, mechanically propelled bicycles were developed by J.K. Starley (the Rover), H.J. Lawson (the Rudge), Jules Mochet (the Michaux), and others in Europe; these were potentially dangerous machines with high wheels (see Penny-Farthing) that made cycling popular among young men who competed in races on public roads. This was also when bicycle helmets were first used. In the early 1890s bicycles got their modern form with pneumatic tires replacing solid rubber tires. The first chain-driven rear hub gears appeared in 1892 on a Columbia model but they had no freewheel mechanism or brakes. By 1895 curved handlebars were being developed on safety bikes to reduce strain on hands while riding over rough terrain.

Types of bicycles

In addition to the differences already mentioned, there are four main categories of bicycle: racing, touring, utility, and sports models.

Racing bicycles are lightweight and have narrow tires. The geometry of these bikes allows for quick acceleration; racers can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour in a matter of seconds. Touring bicycles are designed for long-distance rides on paved roads or trails; they’re similar in appearance to mountain bikes but have more shock absorption features built into them (so you don’t feel every bump while pedaling). Utility models come with full fenders that cover frame tubes against rainwater or mud splashes during transportation; these models also come equipped with accessories such as baskets to hold your belongings while you ride! Sports models feature lighter frames than other types because speed isn’t an issue here—the focus instead is on maneuverability through tight spaces like forests where branches may block your path ahead.

Breakaway in cycling

The breakaway is a racing tactic used by a rider or small group of riders to achieve a race result independent from the main peloton. When successful it can be used to ensure victory, gain time on an opponent or target, help another rider win by forcing other riders to chase them down, and so on. A breakaway will often consist of between one and three riders but can include as many as twenty-five if some teams wish to split up their team efforts in order to make sure that everyone gets their share of rest during the race.

How to use the cycling breakaway calculator

So, to calculate the distance the peloton will have to cover in order to reach the next breakaway, you need to know a few things:

  • The number of riders in the breakaway
  • The time gap between the peloton and the breakaway
  • The breakaway speed
  • The peloton speed

FAQ

What is cycling?

Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise, or sport.

What is a breakaway in cycling?

The breakaway is a racing tactic used by a rider or small group of riders to achieve a race result independent from the main peloton.

Who invented the bicycle?

The bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839 and named after the Greek for ‘two-wheeled’.