My recent story on Bicycle Face is just the start of the numerous cycling-related maladies that afflicted wheelmen and wheelwomen in the 1890s. From the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes, these cyclist mangled, warped and ruined their bodies with every pedal stroke. Or, so it seemed, according to several prominent … Continue reading Bicycle Toes, the Bicycle Nose & Throat, Bicycle Heart and the Dreaded Bicycle Leg – Are They Real?
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?
Art is everywhere in France. In the museums, on and in the cathedrals and chateaux, along the side of the roads I cycle along. Some of this art is quite famous, while others are a little less known. For some reason, I'm drawn to the lesser known, wackier, more out there and interesting works of … Continue reading My Favorite Wild & Wacky French Statues
My second trip to Paris got a little bit exciting, then quite scary ... and then there were riot police, batons and tear gas. It's 1983: I'm the editor of Vertiflite magazine, a publication of the American Helicopter Society. It's June, I'm in Paris, covering the Paris Air Show, a little in over my head … Continue reading My Paris Stories … The Great Riot of 1983
Hardly a day passes but somebody invents a new kind of bicycle. Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 1894 This was so very true, and here are three of my favorite new kinds of bicycle inventions: the Velo-Douche, Lawn Mower Bicycle and the Bicycle Sailboat. The Velo-Douche There’s nothing like a nice, refreshing shower after a long ride. … Continue reading Bicycle History: The Velo-Douche, Lawn Mower Bicycle & Bicycle Sailboat