Arthur Roadhouse: The Boy With No Legs Who Rode Like the Wind

Arthur Roadhouse I stumbled across this paragraph in St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from the August 22, 1895 issue ... After reading it, I just had to find out more about the 508-pound Baby Bliss (here’s the link to my story) and Arthur Roadhouse. “Here is the greatest of all bicycle freaks ...” This was the first … Continue reading Arthur Roadhouse: The Boy With No Legs Who Rode Like the Wind

Bicycle History: The International Crime & Punishment Episode

It seems bicycles and crime go together, all around the world. I found lots of fascinating stories from back in the day, so, court's in session … Smuggling on the French-Belgian border, 1897 The duty on pepper was crazy high back then. So darn high that “poor people have almost ceased to know what pepper … Continue reading Bicycle History: The International Crime & Punishment Episode

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

More Squirrel Squashing Stories: Plus Skunks, Groundhogs, Snakes and Other Critters You’ve Run Over On Your Bike

Wow, it seems a lot of us and our bikes have squashed some critters. My recent post about riding over a squirrel, and what happened next, seems to have brought back a lot of painful memories. I heard from cyclists who've had a similar experience with a squirrel, or another kind of creature. And from … Continue reading More Squirrel Squashing Stories: Plus Skunks, Groundhogs, Snakes and Other Critters You’ve Run Over On Your Bike