There’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned bicycle proverb. And so, here are several from the newspapers of 1896, back when newspapers were the social media of the day. Some of these silly cycling proverbs rhyme and several still ring true more than a century later. Quickly to bike and quickly to spin … Makes … Continue reading A Cheap Bicycle Is Better Than A Dead Horse & More Bicycle Proverbs
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Bicycle Toes, the Bicycle Nose & Throat, Bicycle Heart and the Dreaded Bicycle Leg – Are They Real?
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?
Do You Have A Bad Case of the Bicycle Face?
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?
My Favorite Wild & Wacky French Statues
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 Paris Stories … The Great Riot of 1983
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