The “Color Line” in Cycling Was a Real Thing in 1896

There’s a long tradition in cycling: Stop and offer to help a cyclist with a mechanical issue, right? Any and every cyclist. No matter what color they may happen to be, right? Of course. Well, maybe not so much. At least back in 1896 when this happened … A wheelman by the name of William … Continue reading The “Color Line” in Cycling Was a Real Thing in 1896

The Historic Quest to Invent a Flat-Proof Bicycle Tire

The need to develop a flat-proof bicycle tire began a few minutes (or maybe it was a few miles) after J.B. Dunlop, an Irish veterinary surgeon, invented the pneumatic (air-filled) tire all the way back in 1888. Let’s take a look at some of the early, unsuccessful, and sometimes humorous attempts to do away with … Continue reading The Historic Quest to Invent a Flat-Proof Bicycle Tire

The Great Cowboys Vs. Cyclists Race (1887), with a Special Appearance From Buffalo Bill

This cycling-history story has it all: Buffalo Bill and Broncho Charlie, two champion cyclists and a six-day race between mustangs and penny farthings that had all of London in a tizzy! It’s 1887 and Buffalo Bill and his famed Wild West Show were in the midst of their first British tour at the Agricultural Hall … Continue reading The Great Cowboys Vs. Cyclists Race (1887), with a Special Appearance From Buffalo Bill