In my last post, there was a “bicycle face” joke. And someone asked: “What’s bicycle face?” Well, since you asked … the symptoms, according to an article in the July 29, 1895 issue of the Buffalo Courier, are a face that is “usually flushed, but sometimes pale, often with the lips more or less drawn … Continue reading Do You Have A Bad Case of the Bicycle Face?
A steering strap for the bicycle; an ingenious cleaning rack; perhaps the first recumbent; and … the “handle bar toilet case.” These are just a few of the new fun, fascinating, and totally true bicycle stories from 1896 – the year that was the height of the bicycle craze. Here we go … I don’t … Continue reading The Handle Bar Toilet Case, the World’s 1st Recumbent Bike & Other Wacky Cycling Stories
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
Beasts and bicycles, just think of all the fascinating possibilities. Here are three of the stories I found in old newspapers that leapt off the faded pages and bit me ... The Bear, the Bicycle, and the Bloomers Bruin was a performer, a dancing bear who lived with his “master” somewhere in London. Apparently this … Continue reading Bicycle History: Lions & Tigers & Bears … and Bikes!
The bicycle is everywhere, in every country and culture, and can be used for good and for evil, as you'll see. So, off we go on a quick bike trip around the world: Spain, France, Greece, Russia, Morocco, England, back to Spain and, finally, South Africa. Spain: No Bull Birmingham Daily Post, England, July 2, … Continue reading Around the World With Bicycle History: A King, Sultan, Bullfighter, Deadly Duel & the World’s Most Expensive Bike