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