My 1st Annual Holiday Half-Price Sale & Strange, Holiday-Related Historical Stories

It's a new year (thankfully), time to clear out some of the virtual inventory cluttering up my portion of cyberspace. So: My 1st Annual New Year's Half Off Sale & Humorous History Blog. First, thanks for reading my Biking France blog, which, due to the pandemic, wasn't so much about cycling in France the past … Continue reading My 1st Annual Holiday Half-Price Sale & Strange, Holiday-Related Historical Stories

Inventing the Bicycle, Part 3: The Pedal-Power Revolution (1840 to 1867)

This is the third and final part of my history of the invention of the bicycle. Here's the link to Part 1 and the link to Part 2. From the New York Times, August 22, 1867 … So the improved velocipede, the one we see so frequently in the streets [of Paris] mounted by fashionably dressed … Continue reading Inventing the Bicycle, Part 3: The Pedal-Power Revolution (1840 to 1867)

Inventing the Bicycle, Part 1: The Horseless Carriage and Celerifere (1779 to 1791)

Who invented the bicycle?  The French say it was Michaux and seem to have forgotten about their countrymen Blanchard and Sivrac. “Nein” say the Germans, it was the Baron Von Drais, everyone knows this. And then there are the Scots, who say these claims are rubbish and the honor rightly belongs to our Macmillan and … Continue reading Inventing the Bicycle, Part 1: The Horseless Carriage and Celerifere (1779 to 1791)