The Story of Baby Bliss: The World’s Largest Cyclist

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

Bicycle History: Dogs Have Been Chasing & Biting Cyclists Since the 1700s

Soon after the first velocipedist headed out for a ride, a dog gave “chafe.”  Chafe? That’s how they spelled the word chase back in the days of Old English, the long s and the first canine attacks. I found evidence of the delight dogs take in chasing bicycle-like vehicles, and sinking their teeth into riders, as … Continue reading Bicycle History: Dogs Have Been Chasing & Biting Cyclists Since the 1700s

This Day In Cycling History: 1892, 1903, 1918, 1930 & 1946

A Minneapolis congregation is terribly perplexed over the behavior of its pastor who rode to church Sunday morning on a bicycle. The minister was right. There is no more harm riding to church on a bicycle than to use a carriage or walk The St. Helena Star, California … 1892 *** Random historic cycling photo! … Continue reading This Day In Cycling History: 1892, 1903, 1918, 1930 & 1946

Velocipedes & Boneshakers: The First Bike Race in the United States (1878)

Harvard lads C.A. Parker and F.E. Cabot were neck-and-neck, wheel-to-wheel, huffing and puffing, their legs burning as they approached the finish line at the Beacon Trotting Park in Boston. It was May 24, 1878 and the stylishly dressed crowd was cheering wildly, their fancy equipages (horse and carriages) “parked” nearby. Yep: 1878 … and this … Continue reading Velocipedes & Boneshakers: The First Bike Race in the United States (1878)