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The invention of the bicycle has been a topic surrounded by much dispute, with various persons of the 19th century being credited as the creator. The bicycle is thought to have its origins in Europe, and was developed throughout the 1800s to become the two-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle used today by billions worldwide. There are many types of bicycle for different purposes available on the market, ranging from BMX sports bikes to leisure tandem bicycles. The most popular bike model - and vehicle - in the world is the Flying Pigeon; it was launched in 1950 by the Chinese company of the same name, with over 500 million having been produced and sold worldwide. Since the mass-production of bikes was introduced, many have suggested a decline in quality. As a result, vintage restored bicycles have become a popular option amongst cyclists. Popular brand include Schwinn, Peugeot, Bianchi and Western Flyer.

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Rock giants The Who, Queen, Pink Floyd and more support the Heavy Metal Truants charity auction and bike ride

In 2012, Metal Hammer's former editor-in-chief, Alexander Milas, and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood co-founded the Heavy Metal Truants, a charity which raises money for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline, all through the power of cycling and heavy metal. This month, Charity Stars will be joining forces with HMT for this year's fundraising auction.


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