The Story of Baby Bliss: The World’s Largest Cyclist

My last post was about Arthur Roadhouse, the boy who rode a bike despite having "no legs and but one arm," according to the 1895 article below. Here's the link. Today: Baby Bliss! Baby Bliss became a national sensation at an early age and remained in the spotlight – and in the newspapers – for … Continue reading The Story of Baby Bliss: The World’s Largest Cyclist

Baby Bliss & Arthur Roadhouse: The World’s Heaviest Cyclist and the Boy With No Legs Who Rode Like the Wind

The paragraph above, from an August 22, 1895 story in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Missouri, certainly got my attention. How about you? I had to find out more about a 508-pound bike rider, and the cyclist with one arm and no legs. How the heck did Arthur turn the pedals without legs? Could this story … Continue reading Baby Bliss & Arthur Roadhouse: The World’s Heaviest Cyclist and the Boy With No Legs Who Rode Like the Wind

My Favorite Rides (#4): The Mont Sainte-Victoire Loop with Cezanne, Picasso & Zola

Mont Sainte-Victoire inspired the legendary artists Cezanne and Picasso, so it’s certainly good enough for me … to cycle around. And around. The Mont Ste-Victoire loop from Aix-en-Provence is one of my favorite rides. It’s a quiet, beautiful ride, with a few climbs, the chateau where Picasso lived and is buried, and a scenic damn/reservoir designed … Continue reading My Favorite Rides (#4): The Mont Sainte-Victoire Loop with Cezanne, Picasso & Zola

The Eiffel Tower Bicycle: The World’s First Tall Bike

Look! Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane … no, it’s Leon Lyon on his Eiffel Tower Bicycle. “Be careful Monsieur Lyon, don’t fall!” Let’s travel back to Paris, several months before the Great Bicycle Parade of 1894. The clever organizers of the parade decided to award prizes for the best-looking bike, … Continue reading The Eiffel Tower Bicycle: The World’s First Tall Bike

A Year, A Bike, A Country … This Is My Ultimate Cycling Fantasy Ride

Imagine an entire year of biking in France. 366 days (it's a Leap Year)! I'll wait while you close your eyes and imagine the possibilities. Forget about money, don’t fret about your job, family obligations, healthcare, visas and all the other stuff that prevent us from living our cycling/travel dreams. Like COVID-19. Imagine it’s gone, … Continue reading A Year, A Bike, A Country … This Is My Ultimate Cycling Fantasy Ride