This Day In Cycling History: The Pulling Tooth With “Bike” Incident … What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The best tooth pulling story comes from Ocean Park and involves two boys and a bicycle. This is the start of a November 25, 1912 story in The Republic (Columbus, Indiana) newspaper about what just might be the funniest bicycle story ever! Think I'm exaggerating? Keep reading ... Roy Fosdick, nine years old, told his … Continue reading This Day In Cycling History: The Pulling Tooth With “Bike” Incident … What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

My Favorite Rides (#2): The Gorges de la Nesque, with Wild Boar & Sheep

Why do those guys up there on the ridge have guns - really big guns? Should I be worried? Scared?  I was in the midst of one of my all-time favorite rides – the Gorges de la Nesque in Provence – and, it was hunting season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rjGWQse-0o Wild boar hunting season. It seems wild boar … Continue reading My Favorite Rides (#2): The Gorges de la Nesque, with Wild Boar & Sheep

This Day In Cycling History: 1892, 1903, 1918, 1930 & 1946

A Minneapolis congregation is terribly perplexed over the behavior of its pastor who rode to church Sunday morning on a bicycle. The minister was right. There is no more harm riding to church on a bicycle than to use a carriage or walk The St. Helena Star, California … 1892 *** Random historic cycling photo! … Continue reading This Day In Cycling History: 1892, 1903, 1918, 1930 & 1946

Velocipedes & Boneshakers: The First Bike Race in the United States (1878)

Harvard lads C.A. Parker and F.E. Cabot were neck-and-neck, wheel-to-wheel, huffing and puffing, their legs burning as they approached the finish line at the Beacon Trotting Park in Boston. It was May 24, 1878 and the stylishly dressed crowd was cheering wildly, their fancy equipages (horse and carriages) “parked” nearby. Yep: 1878 … and this … Continue reading Velocipedes & Boneshakers: The First Bike Race in the United States (1878)

Technology Has Totally Changed Traveling: Remember Traveler’s Checks, Kodachrome & Cyber Cafes?

It began in 1981.  I was just a kid, 22, covering the Paris Air Show for an aviation magazine. I had traveler’s checks, a Walkman with cassettes, and bought several little pieces of paper that had color photos of famous sites on one side - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame - and room to write … Continue reading Technology Has Totally Changed Traveling: Remember Traveler’s Checks, Kodachrome & Cyber Cafes?